n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Review of youth unemployment, underemployment and poverty in Nigeria : implications for policy makers

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562


While addressing the recent convocation ceremony of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria's Minister of Education, Sam Egwu assured the millions of unemployed and poor youth lacking employability skills that technical education would enjoy more government support in 2010 because of the role of technology in national development. Previous administrations have raised their hope by painting glowing pictures of their development plans and promised that youth empowerment would become their top priority. Yet they have failed to properly fund education and to restructure the curriculum to prepare the youth for the world of work as well as to create employment for the millions of graduates churn out by the educational institutions yearly. This paper argues that without addressing the challenges facing education in general, and technical and vocational education in particular, the youth will continue to face soaring unemployment, underemployment and poverty and the nation will remain underdeveloped.

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