Youths in Nigeria have been called on by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, not to rely on the government for job opportunities.
The former governor of Anambra State called on youths in the country to seek other means of employment, he added that the government can not provide everyone with jobs.
The Minister stated this while speaking at a Townhall Meeting on Popularization of blue/green collar jobs among graduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria in Edo State.
It was revealed in a statement signed by the Deputy Director/Head of Press of his ministry, Charles Akpan.
The Director, Special Duties and Projects Department in the ministry, Martina Nwordu, who represented the minister said the wealthiest youths in the world are not employed by the government.
He said: “The minister also urged Nigerian youths to invest their talent in other job sectors, as the richest youth of the world, aged between 21 and 31 years, are not employees of government but smart entrepreneurs who distinguished themselves in creative skills in various areas.”
“The purpose of the meeting, which held concurrently in four other geo-political zones of the federation, was to sensitize representatives of key stakeholders in graduate employment on the benefits of blue/green-collar jobs as an alternative response to the challenges of graduate unemployment.”