‘Govt alone can’t provide jobs for all citizens’

Jobs-in-Nigeria--INDIVIDUALS and corporate organisations have been charged with the role providing jobs for the unemployed, as government alone cannot do it in view of its many responsibilities. Also, the need to properly equip young people to be self-reliant has been stressed so as to create a pool of entrepreneurs that can move the country forward.

This was the outcome of a workshop on broadcasting held recently in Lagos. At the head of the five-day workshop was broadcast administrator Onimisi Adaba, which was theme ‘The Art of Broadcasting, Mind and Money’. It was organised by One 23 Communications at Lean-Hub Centre, Lekki, Lagos.

Adaba noted, “government cannot provide jobs for all citizens because of the huge tasks and responsibilities. Individuals and corporate organizations have to look for alternatives to fill in those gaps. There is a limit to what government can do for her citizens. In terms of job creation, government cannot provide everything for all. While the government is doing its bit, concerned citizens should empower themselves with other skills, capacity and job opportunities”.

One 23 Communications, a media outfit, has been at the forefront of empowering youth to meet local and international media standards in efforts to enhance the practice of broadcasting and improve quality of services in Nigeria and beyond.

Adaba noted that the aim of the workshop was to fill a gap in the media industry, with youth seeking to tap the opportunities in the industry by looking inwards, being self-reliant and self-dependent through training for requisite skills. The facilitator urged the 25 trainees to understand their strengths, skills and talents and be creativity and productive. He said the workshop would assist them to fit into areas of their interest and strength.

Adaba said unlike past media practitioners and veteran broadcasters who worked effectively and tirelessly with a few resources and equipment, but were able to deliver; the youth had everything laid out for them, with technology and social media supporting them. He, however, said modern broadcasting industry should do more in terms of programming, contents and overall packaging.

Broadcaster engineer, Adetola Adeogun took the trainees on practical session on ‘Audio Production/Voice-over Artistry and Editing,’ where he dealt with the fundamentals of scripting, voice–over training and editing.

Adeogun told The Guardian that the future of Nigerian youth lay on their hands, as most of them were already embracing new technology and other skills and not relying only on vocational skills like tie and dye, bead making among others.

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