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Stakeholders in different fields have charged the youths to plan for life after school due to the current unfriendly labour market.

A legal practitioner and consultant, Kayode Adeniji gave the charge at a Life After School project at the University of Ibadan.

The project, titled: “Never Back Down (It’s possible) was organised at the weekend by Aranbe Empire, in partnership with The Guardian.

He urged the youth to use their time wisely, noting that this generation is the most deprived, disillusioned, depressed and angry.

Adeniji asked them to start thinking as entrepreneurs, so that they would not be disappointed when they fail to secure paid employment.

The programme, which was attended by students of the university, focused on challenges in the labour market and the reality in a society that has no plan for them.

He said: “The older generation didn’t prepare for us.  Wole Soyinka had said their generation is a wasted generation. At 80, they are still trying to put themselves in government.  

“We have the highest number of disillusioned, depressed, shallow and reckless youth.
   
“The older generation didn’t have vision to invest in the future.  They did not think about this generation, but their service interest.”

He also lamented that the country did not prepare for the information age.

This, he, said is not only the cause of unemployment, but also why most Nigerian graduates are not employable in the international market.

“Nigeria is more in debt now, because the older generation has squandered the nation’s money,” he added.

According to Adeniji, the youths are angry because parents worked with integrity in the ministry, but retired poor.

But, those who stole public funds are living in opulence.


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