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‘99% of today’s graduates are not employable’

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Former Kokodiagbene youth leader and the Director, Brakins Resources, Mr Kennedy Brake, has called on all Nigerian youths to imbibe the culture of what he terms “employability development.”

He spoke in Warri, Delta State, while addressing some graduate youths who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Ekpan.
According to him, “the core problem of the rising unemployment crisis in Nigeria is not solely caused by lack of employment opportunities but lack of employability development by 99 per cent of today’s graduates.

“What is employability development? It is development of soft generic skills that are necessary for getting, keeping and being successful in any employment sector. These skills and attitudes enable the prospective employee to get along with their colleagues, to make critical decisions, solve problem, develop respect and ultimately become a strong representative for an organisation.

“99 per cent of today graduates are not employable in any industry because they completely lack employability skills and these skills are frequently mentioned in the media that are lacking in graduates. And graduates take cognizance of this problem to refine themselves to be employable.”

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