It's been almost two months since we said our goodbyes to the National Youth Service Corp and I got news for you, I don't have job yet.
Still unemployed, it's like going back to square one.
I have done what my society has expected from me, which is to write and submit CVs, go for interviews, call my people that know people in high places to get a Job, but sadly, my status has not changed.
After sitting at home for a whole month, my mind begins to reminisce on Life during NYSC; my friends, my fellow corp-members, my state of service, my place of primary assignment and everything I did, enjoyed, lost, missed during NYSC.
Most Corpers already Miss being a corp member basically because of the #19,800.
As a popular saying goes "At at all na in bad pass" which means the stipend most people complained about during service is better than nothing at all.
Life after Nysc is a topic which has different explanations from different people.
For me, it's been reality undiluted! Life after Nysc exposes graduates, youths to what truly these concepts mean;
Some us had a preview of these realities during our service year and were a little bit shaken but we never knew we were going to be shocked at the full play of the realities.
So, till date and as at the time of this article, this ex-Corper is still unemployed.
So are many of my compatriots!
However, our people at home, our friends and family are already tired of serving us after we "served"
They want us to start rolling the cash in, no matter what.
Although some might not tell us to steal directly, they might not tell us to do money-rituals or engage and join the band of Yahoo-Yahoo boys , but indirectly they want to us do anything that could turn money even if we have to do these things stated above.
Nowadays, the Advice given by most people to unemployed youths is to find or learn a handiwork.
Let me state two instances I witnessed, I was in public transport one day, when I heard an old telling her friend about her son who just graduated and was selling honey.
Honey he "imports" from Osun state and which she helps him sell.
My question is, if you are unemployed and you hear this what would you feel? what would you think?
Another instance was a friend who told me about a lady who analysed the socioeconomic situation in Nigeria and the issue of unemployment in the most basic way.
According to her, many youths who are not looking in the right direction and are not willing to learn handiwork and those who even learn, learn only the most fashionable ones like Aluminum making, tailoring, Hair styling or Barbing.
In her words, they are not looking at other forms of labor where youths have overlooked like bricklaying, plumbing, etc. And as a result, only very old people can be noticed to be doing this form of labour.
The Question is if a graduate does not sell honey or does not let handiwork, should he be regarded as lazy or unserious?
Before I go further, one ex-Corper once stated to me during my camp days that " all these skill acquisition programs just bastardized the reason we went to school to study ".
According to him, if we were more concerned with learning handiwork rather going to school, we would have ventured into it rather than wasting years and money in school but our society has made it seem like if we don't go "school", you will never be regarded as somebody in society.
And not just going to school, you must attend a university!
If you attend a polytechnic, where you are thought the practical basis of everything (which is better than most skill acquisition programs at the youth service) is regarded as an inferior degree to the University degree.
When infact, you are bound to use the same years in the various institution. So my questions are;
- What does the Ex-Corper do?
- Learn Handiwork?
- Find something to sell?
- Or should the society restructure itself?
- What role does the government play?