Kaduna-based non-governmental organisation, Kwatam Development Foundation In partnership with Succez Guide Consulting and Green Aid, over the weekend, engaged unemployed youths in Kaduna on volunteerism as an opportunity to build saleable experience in related areas of interest.
To this organisation, the call became necessary as many recruiting employers were looking for experienced hands when needed to increase productivity and reduce the cost of training.
Programme Manager, Centre for Water Environment Development (CWED) and Founder, Kwatam Development Initiative, Doris Zakama, told newsmen shortly after the summit that, in addition to helping build experience, “being a volunteer would also keep one-off social vices and make them better citizens”.
According to her, the theme of the Youth Summit Kaduna 2020, “Enhancing Employability Skills for United Nations and International Development Jobs opportunities”, was timely considering the rate of unrests the country was facing as a result of youths idleness.
To her, “as we go around planting trees, I was always perturbed each time I see youths complaining of not having something doing to eat and all that.
“We all know that NYSC alone turns out several thousands of young graduates every year without readily available jobs for more than 80 percent of this figure.
“Don’t forget, there are some with a diploma, NCE and those in informer sectors – without skills on how to be self-reliant. So, our mission is to gather youths each year to develop their capacity on how they can do something for themselves without necessarily depending on the government.
“That is why we are doing this youth career summit as a way of exposing them to what they can do to be proactively engaged. This will also take them off social vices because an idle hand is devil’s workshop.
“One of the ways they can be productively engaged is through volunteerism which many of them are not ready to do. They want sharp things forgetting that it is cheaper for employers to employ people with experience which they can build over time as volunteers”, she said.
Doris appreciated Director of CWED, Engr Musa Nimrod and others for their support towards the success of the programme aiming at reducing youths restlessness and promoting productivity for improved national economy and stability.