White collar jobs era gone, Reps warn graduates, youths

Graduates and youths in the country, have been charged to be employers of labour, as white collar jobs are no longer readily available.

The vice chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Industry, Hon. Goroki Gideon, disclosed this at the Nigerian-China Business Exchange Platform held in Abuja. 

He said the era of white collar jobs is gone, adding that the dictates of today requires graduates and youths to be their own boss by creating their own boss, by creating their own small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).

Speaking further, he said in China and India the SMEs contributes over 40 per cent of revenue to the GDP, adding that it has been responsible for the success of SMEs as the major driver of employment, income and prosperity. 

According to him, “The success of SME in China has positively affected macro-economic planning and development to such an extent that China export-import bank today provides funding for many capital/infrastructural projects around the world especially in Africa, southeast Asia and Latin America.”

Speaking earlier, the executive director, Center for Entrepreneurial Exchange Development (CEED), Mrs Uchechukwu Chisom. said the vision of the centre for Nigeria was to tap into the creativity of Nigerians as they have the potential to uplift humanity. 

“Nigeria-China Business Exchange Platform is an avenue for Nigeria business community to be enlightened on ease of doing business with Chinese counterpart and high-level discussions on economic and investment cooperation, business to business interaction and harnessing of ideas for the development of Nigeria,” she said.

Chisom added that technology the center is “constantly inventing and reinventing new tools, techniques, and technologies.”

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