Nigerians React As Unemployed Graduate Markets Self With Placard On Abuja Road

The young lady, who identified herself as Victoria Edhaghe, a graduate of International Relations, was spotted standing around the CAC area of Abuja clad in corporate attire and face mask with a placard on her chest boldly displaying her status as well as her contact details.

Victoria Edhaghe, with a placard on her chest boldly displaying her status as well as her contact details / Photo credit: Facebook
Victoria Edhaghe, with a placard on her chest boldly displaying her status as well as her contact details / Photo credit: Facebook

Reactions have continued to trail the recent viral picture of a young Nigerian lady with a placard seeking employment in the streets of Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria.

The young lady, who identified herself as Victoria Edhaghe, a graduate of International Relations, was spotted standing around the CAC area of Abuja clad in corporate attire and face mask with a placard on her chest boldly displaying her status as well as her contact details.

The sight on the road has since elicited varying reactions from Nigerians on social media, with many of them referring to Victoria’s case as a reflection of the state of unemployment in the country.

A twitter user, Walter Onyedikachi said, “Nigeria has turned into a place where graduates are gradually becoming “endangerd species” When they start up a trade, border would be shut down. When they invest in crypto, FG will ban it. When they enter into transportation, they end up working for touts set up by the government in the name of “NURTW” When they finally go back to their various villages to engage in agriculture, herdsmen Will destroy their farm with their cattle. If they dare say a word, they’ll be killed, and nothing Will happen This is the reality in the present-day Nigeria…”

Some others blamed it on the current administration and its policies which they believe hamper the chances of employment for graduates.

Another Twitter user, Abdulmalik Alhaji Sani Bal wrote; “Imagine graduate looking for job on street, And even the Npower that some of the graduate manage with it they stopped it and over 14,200 beneficiaries owed 5 months stipend.”

@AdokiL wrote; “I’m deeply touched by her actions, then some politicians who failed examinations severally and were pushed over to graduate with funny grades would tell this brilliant generation of Nigerian graduates that they are not employable, are these politicians really employable?”

A few others have attacked the Labour ministry for failing in its duty to provide employment opportunities for Nigerians.

@DossyRe wrote, “I do believe we have a ministry of labour and employment. Is there any hope? People keep saying hustle. Will everyone become an hustler? will every living residence be converted to shops? If everyone is selling , who will buy?”

@drarthurazuka wrote, “@SenChrisNgige find job for this woman. Its your ministry. Millions of Nigerian youths don’t have jobs. Whats so astronomically difficult in building factories around Nigeria to employ ppl? How did other countries do it? Can this @APCNigeria govt squander money rightly for once?

Insecurity in the country was also cited as a factor for current unemployment.

@TorToridb wrote, “Sign of the times. The govt needs to create policies that drive job creation. InSecurity is a huge threat to job creation. Govt must address insecurity as a matter of national emergency so that more jobs can be created. @MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo”

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