Outside the shores of this land there are benefits attached to unemployment but not without an argument. However it is, it makes sense. Here the only benefit attached to unemployment is being unemployed.
My Country is the best in the Continent where our Head is a tourist, and ministers follow suit, where State Government build houses endlessly and places its subjects in a state of fantasy. Where Local Government Heads create wonderful world with mere words and most especially our Graduates and Youths are ‘the unemployed working class’. How rational it is for a state of being unemployed is a benefit in itself! No Wonder we are Giants of clay feet.
Jobs, No jobs, where is Job? You mean Steve Job? No, I mean Job, oh here it is, in the pocket of our leaders but how do you get it when their pocket smells greatly of Nepotism and Favouritism. Even those talented seeks empowerment yet it takes too long like the word Antidisestablishmentarianism. But does this mean we will starve ? No!
But then that was when life did made sense. Before the advent of Industrial Revolution, the old Puritanical Concept of Work was ” He who does not work shall not eat”. And it made sense because there was more work than people willing to do it. Today, the reverse is the case where there are people willing to work but no jobs. Now the Political Concept of Work is” He who is a graduate, he who does not know somebody and can not stain his hands shall not eat”. Does it make sense to you? I will leave you to decide.
Where are our Parent’s? Let then come, let them come and show us the job they spoke about when they said, go to school and so we went to school believing their are jobs after school only to find out their is another school called ‘Experience’ which we will spend more years to do than those years spent in school. Why would the Government, Company, and Firms tell us we need 10 to 20 years experience to apply for a Job? And I begin to ask myself if there are actual plans for us because, obviously I think they should also specify the jobs are for Pensioners.
A man willing to work and unable to find work according to Thomas Carlyle is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibit under the sun. Where are the Jobs you created? Is it that they are invincible or we just can’t see them because of the cloak it wears to shade off those qualified for it. Oh I wish you understand the only thing worse than death is unemployment. Who do you run to? The Government or God? Am sure not the Government because they are the etymology of what we suffer today. Gone are those days when being graduates made sense, now we are nothing but a piece of rotten rations at the bottom of the scale of class. So how do you want the country to grow? But don’t mistake growth for movement.
It touched me to my soul , when Dad said ” the hardest work in the world is being out of work “. Now I understand how he struggled to make ends meet. Shakespeare wasn’t mistaken when he said ” you take my life when you take means whereby I live”. You see them in their fleet buying cars for those already in affluence, you see them building statues, you see them spend money on worthless things, yet one man will stay up there and say; I am fighting corruption! When I know corruption is the blood that runs in his vein and you begin to wonder if they have plans for us as they seem not to understand human investment is capital intensive.
Sometimes I laugh when they say entrepreneurship and so I ask what is an Idea without money to fund it? It is nothing but a bunch of sand swept under the carpet. To fund that idea you need money, to get money you need to spend money, to spend money you need to have money and to have money you need a job not without job. And so ideas die off like a plant not nurtured. So are we growing or just moving? I guess we are moving in a straight line but reverse like Fela Kuti said.
Jobs where are the jobs? Graduates and youths here and above, dead or alive I know you can hear me and you can read this, I don’t blame most of you in crime and arms, even beggars are no longer given alms. But I blame the trust we gave this leaders and how it has been robbed of loyalty and truth. Not until the Government decide to spread its wings across by creating jobs, investment on young ideas and depriving itself from Nepotism the country will know no Growth Rather it will continue to move in REVERSE.
Written by: Ikoromasoma,Emmanuel
I am from Rivers State and a native of Okirika. I attended New Era Brilliant College Borikiri, graduated of Rivers State University Port Harcourt were i studied Office and Information Management. I did a certificate program in Uniport in the Department of Theatre and film Studies. I love writing, dancing, and sport. I fell in love with poetry in my secondary school days and ever since poetry has changed my life.