How to Reduce Unemployment in Africa

Freelancing; a means to improve unemployment in Nigeria.

Lagos – October 7th, 2016 – Searching for hot jobs in Africa? But ending up with a limited number. Of opportunities?

Yes, that’s true!

Africa is still counted among the nations having a high level of unemployment. From a recent research, it has been found that more than 70% of the population under the age of 25 is unemployed. For the young graduates, this situation can be a bit challenging, and they may face a bunch of difficulties while searching for a job.

If we take the case of Nigeria, the unemployment is still reaching the skies. According to a report from National Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Nigeria has reached 12.1%, and if something is not done then, this figure may reach 20% by the end of this year. The report only describes the failure of the government to meet its target. The unemployment rate remains at a constant rate of 10.4% before the end of 2015. The report also included the number of Nigerians who chose not to work has declined from 28.06 million to 27.5 million by the end of March 2016. The youth unemployment rate has lifted from 14.46% in the last quarter of 2015 to 16.39% in the first quarter of 2016.

Steps that can be taken to create hot jobs in Nigeria:

Supporting Small and Medium Scale Enterprises: Private companies play a significant role in the economic growth in Nigeria. More than 90% of the products manufactured in Nigeria come from the private sector. When the government provides fund and enforce tax relaxation schemes, this eventually results in the unemployment reduction to some extent. This results in empowering the youth working in these companies. With the skills acquired, the workers can set up their own business and employee others to reduce the unemployment level. Both youth and adult workers will get an advantage of these changing government policies.

Retiring the old: Lots of people, who are too old, are still occupying positions in the offices which they are not supposed to. The retirement age of government and private sectors should be reduced so that more opportunities can be provided to young and enthusiastic workers. This will eventually reduce the unemployment ratio in Nigeria.

Computer acquisition skills: In this modern era, the computer plays a vital role in the growth of each and every sector. Unemployment in Nigeria can be reduced by inculcating the core computer skills to these graduates. Institutions should teach the basic use of computers so that the students can start earning within the institutions as well as outside their institutions.

Industrial Development: Government of Nigeria should start allocating land and other opportunities for industrial and infrastructural development. They need to amend their existing policies to create opportunities for the young graduates. Even if Nigerians do not have enough resources, they can send their employees abroad who can later come back and help their country. Countries like Brazil and India have been doing this for years. Africa can also do the same to increase the talent and opportunities within their country.

Encourage schemes like YouWIN: YouWIN stands for Youth Enterprise with an innovative program. This project is initiated by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Anyone who can come up with an outstanding business plan is granted some funds for starting his business. This is done to improve the employment ratio in Nigeria. This scheme will help the entrepreneurs to create enormous business opportunities which will result in the reduction of unemployment.

Hire freelancers in Nigeria

Freelancing is the process of making money from your personal computer. This medium is widely popular these days. Just by doing small, creative tasks, you can quickly make your living. The different freelancing job includes writing online articles, blogging, web design, application design, graphic design, voiceover recording and much more. Freelancing also offers people to create their software development business.

This has opened up the doors for both employed and unemployed people in Nigeria. People are no longer bounded by the walls of insecurity and unemployment. Freelancing has been providing opportunities for people possessing some unique and versatile skills. They can search for online jobs which cater their skills. People can make their living and each and every day they can learn and grow further in the world full of opportunities.

To be a freelancer an individual needs to be focused. Focus, positive attitude along with the accuracy results in producing quality results which will help the people in Nigeria to come ahead and raise their living standards. Availability of cheap internet enables the people to do in-depth market research and write extraordinary business proposals. The clients who want to generate online awareness of their company can employ Nigerian writers to write SEO optimized content which will result in increasing website traffic thereby generating more revenues for their business.

In conclusion, Nigeria and other regions of Africa are still struggling with unemployment issues. Although the government of Nigeria has taken several initiatives to curb these problems, still it needs some more time for the changes to take place. In the meantime, Nigerians can take the help of freelancing sites which have now become the primary source of income for numerous people around the world. Since most of the educated population in Nigeria is having access to the internet and they have the basic web surfing skills. With the help of the internet, Individuals can set up their own business, and they can also acquire new skills to improve their living standard.

However, the current education system in Nigeria needs to be changed so that the individuals can learn the necessary money is making skills and can earn their living. This will, therefore, help in eradicating the unemployment issues from Nigeria and other regions of Africa. The government can also design some new policies which will help the entrepreneurs to come ahead and set up their own business. They will further employ new individuals for their work, and this will result in devastating the cause of unemployment in Nigeria.


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