South Africa Economy needs to grow faster to create jobs for youth – Ddg Zikode

By Pulse Nigeria Staff

The South African economy must grow at a faster pace in order to create job opportunities especially for youth. This was said by the Deputy Director-General of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the Department of Trade and Industry ( the dti ), Mr Sipho Zikode. He was delivering a keynote address at the inaugural Oil and Gas Sector Transformation Workshop held at the South African Bureau of Standard in Pretoria.

The workshop was organised by the dti with the aim of highlighting the opportunities and support measures available for new entrants to facilitate transformation and shared growth in the sector. It also sought to give new entrants and emerging entrepreneurs in the sector an opportunity to dialogue with regulators, policy developers and important industry stakeholders on issues of innovation, financial support, as well market and product access in the sector. More than 200 delegates attended the event.

“South Africa has one of the best policies in the world but where we are still lacking as a country with regard to implementation. The Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment and the National Industrial Policy are some of the polices that have been designed to govern and to grow the South African economy. These policies have been designed and benchmarked from other country but taking into account the dynamics of the South African economy and the legacy of policies on discrimination. As we implement these policies we need to learn and improve on implementation gaps, but we also need to strengthen partnerships between the public and private sector in order to achieve success, “added Zikode.

He encouraged entrepreneurs to make use of opportunities and support measures available for them that are offered by government. He also advised entrepreneurs to be willing to take risks but also to deliver quality products and services regardless of whether they are emerging or established.

Some of the issues highlighted during the discussions include:

  • A transformation fund targeted at new entrants and emerging entrepreneurs in the Oil and Gas sector,
  • Ensuring policy coherence and simplification of legislation,
  • A One-Stop Shop for support measures available for entrepreneurs in the Oil and Gas sector.
  • A clear blueprint for transformation and industrialisation of the sector.

Caption: The Deputy Director-General of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the Department of Trade and Industry ( the dti ), Mr Sipho Zikode delivering the keynote address.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

Source Pulse Nigeria

Firm partners world leaders to create jobs for African youths

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia

The Chief Executive Officer, Outsource Global, Amal Hassan, is partnering with world leaders to create job opportunities for African youths.

Hassan, a leading Nigerian technopreneur, who is passionate about fostering economic development through growth-enabled career path for knowledgeable youths, recently discussed with world leaders on ‘How to deliver a new approach that raises ambition and meets the scale and complexity of the challenge’.

She shared practical knowledge and innovative ways of solving the unemployment challenges in Africa.

According to her, she had interacted with international actors such as Antonio Guterres (Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Amina J. Mohammed (Deputy Secretary-General of the UN), Theresa May (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Bill Gates (co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Kristalina Georgieva (CEO of the World Bank), among many others.

“Job creation for youths is a major problem in most developing countries. Between now and 2035, Africans will have to create 18 million new jobs every year to keep pace with the rapidly growing population. The reason is not far-fetched from the fact that, the problem of unemployment is more complex in Africa than other parts of the world” she said.

As a promoter of youth empowerment, she said she has been able to create employment opportunities for over 700 youths, and women in particular across major cities in Nigeria, adding: “ We are partnering with global investors and leaders to increase access to economic opportunities, create lasting jobs that will reduce the rate of unemployed youths in Nigeria, and bring about sustainable development growth across Africa.”

Her interaction with world leaders through international actors such as: Antonio Guterres (Secretary-General of the UN), Amina J. Mohammed (Deputy Secretary-General of the UN), Theresa May (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Paul Kagame (President of the Republic of Rwanda), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (President of Ghana), Uhuru Kenyatta (President of the Republic of Kenya), Bill Gates (co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Kristalina Georgieva (CEO of the World Bank), among many others.

With this in view, African youths are beginning to create better job opportunities for themselves and their community at large. They are now taking a bold stand in their various countries, solving problems that exist as a challenge to the world economy. They are raising their voices to influence new market strategies, foster economic development, and policy change in the world. They are expanding their network and services to create productive growth and investment opportunities across Africa.

Source – Saturday Magazine

Nigeria: Unemployed youths, grave threat to security, development – FG

The Federal Government says the increasing number of unemployed youths in the country poses a great threat to the nation’s security and socioeconomic development.

Mr Olusade Adesola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, said this at a Multi Stakeholder meeting on the ‘Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan and Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youths’ in Abuja.

The programme was organised by the Sports Enterprise and Promotion Department of the Ministry, in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

In his remarks at the occasion, Adesola said that youth unemployment remains a great challenge in the country and there was an urgent need to mitigate the problem and provide opportunities for economic engagement of the youths.

“To this end, the government with support from the ILO, developed the youth employment action plan which targets youths between the ages of 18 to 35, to address the fragmentation and harness technical and financial resources for meaningful impact.

“The energy, adaptability, creativity, openness to new ideas and learning are some of those things that makes Nigerian youths valuable potentials.

“The energy, adaptability, creativity, openness to new ideas and learning are some of those things that make Nigerian youths valuable potentials.

“These potentials of youths when not recognised, becomes a source of tension with negative consequences to national growth and development.

“With this understanding on the importance of youths, efforts are being made at regional, national and global levels, to set up structures and mechanisms to promote youth development focused on employment and sustainable livelihood, health care and education opportunities,” the official said.

He, however, expressed displeasure over the strict measures put in place by foreign embassies to obtain visas by youths scheduled to travel for international entrepreneurial conferences.

“I crave the indulgence of the ILO to engage all the missions and countries represented in Nigeria; when we present requests for visas to them for our youths to participate in international conferences, please let them look at those requests objectively.

“Our experiences in the past have not been palatable, any request to them with invitation they turn it down.

“They are not migrating but to acquire knowledge that when they come back, can help contribute to the development of Nigeria, ‘’ Adesola said.

On his part, the Director ILO country office in Nigeria, Mr Dennis Zulu, said that the national development plan directly targets the creation of jobs for the teeming population of unemployed youths in the country.

“It is important we work with many of the organisations to come up with a blueprint for job creation for the youths in Nigeria, which is coherent, integrated and which will stand the test of time,” he said.

Also speaking, Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, commended the ILO for its interest and commitment in partnering with Nigeria towards addressing the challenging unemployment problem in the country.

He said the administration of President Muhammodu Buhuri has high premium placed on curbing the menace of youth’s unemployment and crimes in Nigeria.

“As part of the strategy to address the current unemployment problem, the ministry with the support of the ILO had reviewed the National Employment Policy that has been approved by government.

“The reviewed policy is a veritable instrument in addressing increasing disparity between economic growth and low capacity within the economy and to create decent and sustainable employment in the country, ‘’Ngige said.

Source: Pulse NG

SebenzaLIVE helps SA’s youth find work

An increasing number of qualified youths are looking for jobs in South Africa but have no luck finding any because of their lack of confidence or experience, or because they do not know where to find the right business opportunities.

SebenzaLIVE, now part of the SowetanLIVE website, is all about giving these youths a career kick-start by helping them present themselves better and achieve their goals.

Being informed is the key to success, so we will publish practical advice about employment; lifestyle and fashion tips for the young person who has just started working or is looking for a job; and even helpful information about starting or managing a small business.

We’re here for high school pupils; students enrolled at higher education and training institutions; graduates; unemployed youths; and small-business owners or entrepreneurs.

We will share practical information on internships, learnerships, bursaries, apprenticeships and small-business programmes and events organised by government departments and agencies, companies and corporate foundations.

You’ll also find features about the work lives of young people from different industries, to illustrate how they overcame obstacles in their own lives to pursue their dreams.

Source: Sowetan

Nigeria News: Grooming Youths in the Build Industry to Tackle Unemployment

Considering the alarming rate of youth unemployment in the country and its negative effect on the economy, the Universal Learn Direct Academy is empowering youths to solve the endemic housing and infrastructural problems in Nigeria. Funmi Ogundare reports

Youth development and empowerment have been recognised as vital stages in life for building the human capital that allows young people to avoid poverty and live better, and possibly have a more fulfilling life. The human capital formed in youth is thus an important determinant of long-term growth that a nation can invest and rely on.

Hence, making sure that youths are well prepared for their future is enormously important to the course of poverty reduction and growth.

In response to the clarion call by the federal government to develop and empower the Nigerian youths to enable them contribute to the development of the country, the Universal Learn Direct Academia (ULDA) Limited recently held a seminar on self-employment skills in the building and construction industry which featured topics on ‘Study Gap Industry Preparedness’; ‘Emigration Backup Plan’; ‘Self-employment MSME Skills’; and ‘Trading Opportunities for Women in the Construction Industry’.

In his remarks, the visioner of ULDA, Mr. Gbola Oba enjoined the youths to connect their skills to their passion, saying that it is one thing for them to be a graduate of a particular course and it is another thing to be skilled in what they are passionate about.

He cited instances of people who studied courses in the social science and developed skills set in the building and construction industry, adding that they are now abroad and making it big.

“The best way to solve Nigeria’s problems is to empower the youths. They need to create values by connecting their skills to their passion; there is no reason why they should fail. If they must leave the shores of Nigeria for greener pastures, they must be equipped to justify their stay abroad.”

He told THISDAY the importance of empowering youths to solve the endemic housing and infrastructural problems in the country, saying that it will help in curbing the menace of poor quality infrastructure and undignified housing in Nigeria.

“The engagement is not only for those who are in the construction industry that would solve these problems, it may be those who are entrepreneurial with passion that will help us solve the sustainable problems, hence the need for the session to engage youths to drive many plans and inspire them.”

Aside creating employment, Oba said the academia trains social entrepreneurs who will be problem solvers and focus on the opportunities that the building and construction industry present anywhere in the world. “If you want to galvanize the economic activities in any society, just tell people to put in place a building project, which is multidisciplinary bringing together artisanship and professionalism.”

Oba described the youths as the best reflections of the country’s values while expressing concern about the problems inherent in ensuring that youths are equipped with the requisite skills in the country.

“There is a fundamental problem in the system which showed that we have failed. Imagine I had to beg some boys in Mushin to come and empower themselves with skills, even people that are not related to me have been taken to Dubai, they are bricklayers and we have done skills training for them.

“They are now literate, despite the fact that some of them dropped out of secondary schools, they can now read structural engineering joints and electrical drawings. The ones in Dubai now will be taking over structural sites because they know the job. We should encourage people to go for trainings so as to ensure a sustainable development in our society like other countries.”

He expressed concern about the over stratification of education and industry in the country, saying that it inhibits the level of competence one should have.

Source: This Day

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e-Nigeria: ICT based skills solution to youth unemployment

By Emmanuel Elebeke

The acting dean, faculty of Communication and Information Science, University of Ilorin, Dr. Rasheed Jimoh says ICT based skills remain the only solution to youth unemployment in Nigeria.

Dr. Jimoh made the submission on Tuesday at the ongoing 2018 e-Nigeria conference and exhibition in Abuja.

Jimoh, who spoke on the topic: Promoting Digital Opportunities among Women and Youth, insisted that ICT based skills are what Nigerian youths needed to obtain the available job openings, irrespective of their chosen academic career.

He argued that the universities must incorporate ICT entrepreneurial skills into their curriculum to be able to impact the needed knowledge into their graduates so as to be able to complete and ready to face the challenges on graduation.

‘‘ICT based skills are the solution to youth unemployment in Nigeria. The Universities have to be entrepreneurial in their approach to developing skills in their undergraduates. This can be done by inculcating ICT skills in their curriculum to be able to produce complete graduates.

‘‘ICT serves as the hub for digital opportunities in the innovative ear. Without ICT skills, you cannot find available jobs anywhere in the world.

‘‘As students, our undergraduates can take ubiquitous opportunities available out there by acquiring the necessary ICT skills to be able to create wealth, even while in school.’’

The Don, who stressed the importance of ICT skills in the digital economy, maintained that we must overhaul the faculties in our universities for our graduates to be able to compete favorably.

According to him, the non implementation of the national ICT Policy on Education and inadequate funding of education sector must be vigorously be addressed to achieve the objective.

‘‘Lack of awareness to ubiquitous opportunities be tackled and we must overhaul the system to deliver affordable internet services for all,’’ he added.

The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami said the agency remains committed to widening the scope of IT penetration in the country through robust and holistic regulatory initiatives.

He also promised that NITDA would continue to encourage local content by supporting the ICT Start-Ups with incentives and by provision of the enabling environment for them to thrive and compete at the global stage.

Source: Vanguard

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Causes of youth unemployment in Kenya

By Titus Omune

In Kenya today, there is a high rise in youth unemployment.

If you take a walk in Nairobi CBD for instance, especially along Agha Khan walk, you will find many tired youths carrying envelopes looking for jobs.

Most of them look hopeless. This forced me to do some research on why youth unemployment is on the rise.

Here are some reasons I considered;

1. Lack of required skills

Most of our graduates today are equipped with knowledge but lack required job skills.

This is because of “quantity” education we receive in our universities and colleges rather than quality education.

Our learning institutions are flooded hence lecturers find it extremely difficult to engage learners in practical sessions thus focusing on giving them theory lessons which only give learners knowledge and not skills required in the job market.

This makes our youths “half-baked graduates”.

2. Corruption

This has become a national disaster in our country ranging from senior government officials to a common mwananchi.

It is the major cause of unemployment in Kenya since many youths are asked to part with a particular amount of money to gain favour from the employer.

This, therefore, leaves many graduates vulnerable since they are unable to raise the required amount of money.

I am happy our President H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta is leading in the war against this vice.

3. Tribalism and Nepotism

In many offices you visit today in Kenya, you are likely to find people speaking a similar language or are related in one way or the other.

This has made it very difficult for young graduates from humble backgrounds to enter the job market.

As the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga once said, your name might be a blessing or a curse when you are looking for a job.

As a country, we should work on giving youths equal opportunities without considering their backgrounds.

4.Strict job requirements

Many employers give strict requirements to be met before being considered for the job.

These requirements include Certificate of good conduct, HELB clearance certificate, CRB clearance and many years of experience.

Getting these clearance certificates require a lot of money which our youths are unable to raise.

This locks many graduates out.

I, therefore, appeal to our government to intervene and ensure these requirements are reduced, or at least allow youths to acquire them after gaining employment.

Source: Hivisasa

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Morocco’s Unemployment Falls Slightly, Youth Unemployment at 27.5%


According to a note by the High Commission for Planning (HCP), 122,000 jobs were created: 118,000 in urban areas and 4,000 in rural areas.

The service sector and “industry including traditional industry” generated 98,000 jobs and 19,000 jobs, respectively.

Agriculture, forestry, and fishing generated 9,000 jobs, while construction and public works lost 4,000 jobs.

HCP added that, during the same period, there were just over 1 million unemployed people, down by 64,000 people at the national level since the same period last year.

The unemployment rate in urban areas fell from 14.9 percent to 14.3 percent. In rural areas it fell from 4.6 percent to 3.9 percent.

However, the unemployment rate remains relatively high among youth aged 15-24 (27.5 percent). The rate among women and those with degrees is 13.8 percent and 17.1 percent, respectively.

The unemployment rate of those with a vocational training certificate is 23.9 percent: 36.5 percent for women and 19.3 percent for men.

HCP found that approximately 57 percent of unemployed people have never worked before, and 67.7 percent have been unemployed for a year or more.

Approximately 26.8 percent are unemployed because they were fired or their employer’s activity was suspended.


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U.S. to provide Nigerian youths access to technology

By Grace Udensi

The United States (U.S.) has pledged support to programmes that provide Nigeria youths with access to quality technological learning opportunities.

Its Consulate-General in Nigeria made the pledge in Lagos during the grand finale of a week-long robotics workshop organised for 303 teachers and 187 students in the country.

The forum was organised with Consulate General in collaboration with RoboRave International, a U.S.-based tech academy.

Speaking at the workshop held at the Zone Tech Park in Gbagada, Lagos, U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Russell Brooks, said the workshop was designed to stimulate the interest of the participating students in math and science, as well as careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Mr. Brooks discussed the importance of STEM education to Nigeria’s future prosperity and economic competitiveness.

According to him, developing robotics skills can place students on a track to future careers in computer science and artificial intelligence.

“The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is committed to supporting programmes that provide youth with access to quality technological learning opportunities.

Source: The Nation

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Nigeria News: Donald Duke, others task youths on leadership

Youths have been enjoined to take proactive steps in seizing the mantle of leadership.

The call was made by a former governor of Cross River State and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential candidate in next year’s general election, Mr. Donald Duke, and a managing partner with accounting firm Price Water and Coopers, Mr. Uyi Akpata. It was at a reception held in honour of Mr. Bode Olanipekun, to celebrate his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Also, while moderating the discussion on how the youths can seize opportunities amid obstacles against growth in the nation, Dr. Oladapo Olanipekun (SAN), threw pertinent questions at the panelists.

Akpata noted that the youths are afraid to take on challenges that seem to place them at a vantage position. He noted that they are often overwhelmed by the circumstances that could be political, environmental and psychological. He added that good education is a springboard to lift the youths to an enviable position, but the will and confident to excel must also be inculcated in them.

“It is very easy to just look at Bode and say he is an example of a young man that has excelled. It is very important to have early education and also take it upon yourself to find solution to challenges.

“Other young men would have been overwhelmed and rather let their parents do the job while they lap in luxury but Bode did not take the challenge of self-development for granted. He constantly upped his game even though he also has a privileged background,” he said.

Akpata noted further that professional conduct, right background, good education, adherence to ethics and hard work will give the youths an edge.

Duke explained that the youths must turn opportunities into advantage. He noted that the ability to constantly re-invent self and the drive to do better than the rest would push the youths to achieve success in any chosen endeavour.

Guests paid glowing tributes to the Olanipekuns. They included Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president,
Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN); a former minister of petroleum, Chief Don Etiebet; erstwhile Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Professor Ndi Onyuike-Okereke; and the Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ade Jimi Adu, among others.

Professor Taiwo Osipitan (SAN) added humour to the eulogies for Bode. The don noted that he taught Bode in the university but the latter had faced him in legal battles in the court several times after his call to the Bar.

He remarked: “I came in hoping to quietly sit down, enjoy my meal and banter with my colleagues but here I am, being told to talk about Bode. Where do I start from? Bode was my student in the faculty of law in the University of Lagos. I stand here to attest that he was one of my best students.

“Both Dapo and Bode were my students and I am still their mentor. Bode is hardworking, focus and very strategic. We have had to square up with one another in the court and the moment I become victorious, he comes to ask jokingly that, ‘Excuse me sir, you never taught me everything I needed to know otherwise I would have floored you,’ to which I will tell him that a teacher will not teach his student everything so that he keeps coming back to ask for advice. There is always a joker a teacher pulls when things become knotty.

“Whenever your student appear against you in court, you feel proud that you have done the right thing. It is every teacher’s prayer that his students excel and even greater than him.”

The highlight of the event was an emotion-laden speech by the celebrator himself. When he took to the microphone, he held his audience spell bound with his ennobling speech which was delivered extempore.

Source: Guardian

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