Chemistry Education and Diversification of Nigerian Economy: A Remedy to National Youth Unemployment
Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2020, Pages: 103-107
Received: Mar. 4, 2020; Accepted: Jul. 16, 2020; Published: Jul. 30, 2020
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Babale Abdullahi, Chemistry Department, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Nigeria
Aisha Yusuf Lawal, Chemistry Department, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Nigeria
Abdulazeez Isah, Chemistry Department, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Nigeria
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Abstract
The issue of graduate unemployment in Nigeria has become a national concern as the unemployed youths become restless. This situation has not only posed a great challenge to the economy but also retarded the economic growth of the country. The reality is that the government and the organized private sectors cannot absorb the graduates of these institutions The graduate unemployment problem has generated several other socio-economic problems in the country manifesting in the following: militancy in the Niger Delta, political thuggery among youths, increased rate of armed robbery, kidnapping and Boko Haram. Nigeria is a mono-economy nation; the economy depends mainly on crude oil. The fluctuating oil price seriously affects the Nigerian economy. The government which has been the highest employer of labor cannot offer jobs to unemployed youths. A possible solution to this problem is for the Nigerian government to diversify its national economy. Diversification presents the most competitive and strategic option for Nigeria in light of her developmental challenges and given her background. The importance of creativity and innovation through teaching chemistry entrepreneurship skills has been recognized as a panacea for unemployment among youth. Nigeria's innovative capacity and the development of a creative and knowledge-intensive economy and society can be achieved through reinforcing the role and training of graduates in the knowledge of entrepreneur skills and focusing course curricula on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It is hereby recommended that emphasis should be laid on chemistry entrepreneurial skills and functional educational technology such as design, production, and modernization of indigenous resources among students through practices and innovations for achieving self-reliant generate.
Keywords
Graduate, Unemployment, Diversification, Innovation, Entrepreneur
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Babale Abdullahi, Aisha Yusuf Lawal, Abdulazeez Isah, Chemistry Education and Diversification of Nigerian Economy: A Remedy to National Youth Unemployment, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 103-107. doi: 10.11648/j.tecs.20200503.18
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