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Date Published: 10/04/11

Why Nobody should be Jobless in Nigeria By Godwin J. Igwe, Ph.D., PE


Here is a new paradigm shift, which may be a vision and strategy to solve most of Nigeria’s unemployment problems. It is based on my over three decades exposure studying, working, and living in Germany, England, the United States of America, and having travelled to almost every major part of the planet: From Japan, Brazil, to Canada, etc., and having worked with multinational corporations and universities. I have always wondered how these countries solved their unemployment issues, and I found that a majority of the population are middle-class citizens, and they survive through small scale enterprises, mostly comprised of one or two individuals, with special skill sets and services that cannot be outsourced. This is how they grow their respective economies, and keep everyone employed, made possible through licenses issued by the Government. This idea will likewise ignite the Nigerian job machine on local, state, and federal levels. The government must create or provide aggressive unemployment insurance to incentivize the taxpayers to “get to work” in periods of economic downturn. Although unemployment still exist in developed economies, in Nigeria, however, demand for goods and services exceed supply.

My proposal (based on supply/demand) is that you go to your customers, and compel people to find a need for your products and services. Your product or services must be aesthetically appealing to the eye of the observer. No job must be too small or large for you to accomplish, anytime, anywhere, anyhow. You must be mobile (with economical van cargo racks ideal for carrying ladders, pipes, steel, and lumber, see photos as examples), and we need to develop a telephone book with your services listed.

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Example 1

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Example 3

You will not need to seek employment from anyone if you can become an entrepreneur working for yourself, whether you are a new university graduate, man or woman, young or old.

The government, acting as catalyst and mobilizing agent, must guarantee a small business loan from the banks for your tools, e.g., truck/van, or equipment to be installed in the van, ready to go. Find your services and skill-sets from among any of the examples on the list below, and let’s get to work:

  • Computer Services
  • Website design services
  • Bricklayer/mason services
  • Food supply services
  • Automobile services
  • House repair services
  • Radio/Video/Television services
  • Trash/Haulers Collection services
  • Painting services
  • Hairdressing services
  • Home Nursing services
  • Airport services
  • Kitchen/Bathroom installation services
  • Laboratory services and installation services
  • Oil & Gas services
  • Dry cleaning services
  • Air conditioning/Refrigeration services
  • House cleaning services
  • Electrical services
  • Roofing services
  • Grave digging services
  • Roofing services
  • Cosmetic/Healthy living, and Beauty/style services
  • Mobile pharmacy services
  • Wedding services
  • Safety and Security services
  • Real estate services
  • Diet and Fitness services
  • Community affairs services
  • Death/Obituary services
  • Hospital/medical services
  • Wedding celebration services
  • Sports services
  • Science/Education services
  • Philanthropic services
  • Agricultural services
  • Borehole services
  • Cell phone/technology/wireless services, etc., etc.

Godwin Igwe is a Fellow of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, World Bank Robert McNamara, and Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow. He was Peer Reviewer and Panelist for U.S. Dept. of Energy, and U.S. National Science Foundation. Contact: Goddyigwe@aol.com

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