“Drop your CV
I will put in some word for you with my friend”
“If you will attend aunty Bola’s birthday party next month at Ijebu, I will introduce you to him so he can fix you up”.
Her husband works in Chevron”.
From another end
“There is an exhibition in Abeokuta, the commissioner of agric will be there.
He is a friend to my brothers senior sisters uncle….
” Call me by next week I would have put in a word for you with my MD”
How many of this promise have they fulfilled?
How many CVs have you dropped?
How many unpicked phone calls.
The truth is that uncle who is promising you has a wife who have some relative
Same Uncle has some brothers and sisters….
This same man has some colleagues…..
And some old mates….
Who has some niece and cousin looking for job.
And every one has gotten one relative or the other looking for job.
A so called Uncle once duped me of my hard earned money (Recharge card money though small) all in the name of searching for job.
He is right here on my Facebook page claiming child of God
The evil that men do …..
Story for the gods like one of my friend will say.
Eyes don seeeee
You have been on the street for several years with the same certificates that is fast loosing value.
You see job vacancy with either
” Wanted fresh graduate with a 2.1 and not more than 26 years old.
” A graduate of Geology with not less than 5 years experience.
Off course we all know the requests are ridiculous considering that at 26 years some are just getting admitted for a 4 year course.
Not forgetting that even getting early admission is not a guarantee in our system that is characterised by incessant strike.
A 4 year courses is calculated as 4+x years.
Where X in the equation is indefinite
Ask Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Student for better explanation
“And imagining asking for 5 years experience from someone you had refused to employ because he surpass the expected age.
The situation seems hopeless.
And right here you jam the one that says
” Attend 3 months intensive practical farm training at some ridiculous participating fee.
You have a farm manager job waiting for you with a farm accommodation.
You can even be assisted to start your own farm at the end of the training.
No CV verification
No Aunty’s Bola birthday serving girl
No lining up at Uncles house every day..
Some sane person would have jumped on the offer of getting their life back.
But not the white collar job seeking Nigerian graduate.
Then I wonder what exactly you are searching for on the street in the first place.
I have been opportune to train so many youth on agribusiness. What I have been preaching is start small and grow big.
I don’t believe in excuse.
Off course there is no money
Sure there is no land
But there is always a way where we think there is no way.
The last season on the farm see some of the participants picking sheanuts.
These they can either convert to sheabutter and sell or possibly sell as sheanuts.
Some made sheabutter while some are planning to sell theirs.
All what is required is to get to farm early in the morning for the picking.
Its usually on the first come first pick basis.
Its free for all
Same goes for locust bean.
You can pick as much as you want in the season.
And that’s what some participants do.
Some process theirs while others went away with it.
The picking is free.
So many opportunities abound in the village side.
They wouldn’t have known these if they had stayed back searching for job in the city.
I tells people hardly can you be in Ago Amodu and your orientation to farming and agribusiness in general will not change.
You have got a choice to make.
To either continue submitting CVs or take your destiny in your hand.
Nigeria is a land of oppourtunity