ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA (A CASE STUDY OF OKIRIKA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF RIVERS STATE) (EDUCATION PROJECT TOPICS AND MATERIALS)
This study tends to analyze and evaluate the causes and problems of youth unemployment in Nigeria, using a survey of Okirika Local Government in Rivers State. The researcher analyzed the causes of youth unemployment problems and recommended ways of addressing the problem. Descriptive survey and simple percentage method was used for the analysis of data obtained from the responses of the respondents. Primary and secondary data were obtained through the use of questionnaire, textbooks, personal interview etc. It was discovered that the level of unemployment is relatively high in the rural areas compared to the urban areas. It was concluded that unemployment problem is caused as a result of malpractices in the employment process as a result of job scarcity. It was recommended among others that government should set up industries in order to create employment opportunities to the youth.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
In the past, it will be unreasonable to find youth searching or looking for employment because the Nigeria economy was good then. Every hopeful youth, whether a graduate or a school leaver had a job in waiting in the mid 70s parlance was so and serves than a pick up job.
We also had some big corporations names like TEXACO, NNPC, SHELL, AGIP, AUC, CHEVRON and a host of others that are ready to absorb the youths.
As present, unemployment has been a major socio economic problem in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State. It has also become a natural phenomenon in Okirika Area, you will find youth searching or looking for job, without finding one, they will end up reading newspaper, watching adverts and at the end, if they see any one, if is either there is no more vacancy or godfatherism (if you are connected).
However, the researcher has chosen this topic for study because of his concern in the welfare of the people which may be improved when this problem is being studied, and the causes are identified and also the recommended solution, thus the problem solved or at least reduced to the barest minimum which in this research is intended to do. In the light of this fact, the researcher essay attempted to answer the question such as what are the general causes of unemployment. Is unemployment in Okirika Local Government Area a peculiar topic? Is there a particular set of people that are mostly affected with this problem? Are they victims of government policies or is it that the school curriculum does not tally with the jobs that are available? Is there any implication of this problem? What can be done to wipe it out or at lease reduce it to a manageable proportion?