In March 2014, at least 16 people were killed in stampedes for government jobs as hundreds of thousands of young Nigerians were invited to apply for fewer than 5,000 job positions.

Applicants besieged test centres in all the 36 states and Abuja, leading to stampedes. In the Federal Capital Territory alone, more than 60,000 candidates filled the national stadium venue of the recruitment exams, and were allowed access to the venue through only a single doorway.

In the wake of the 2014 tragedy, many Nigerians said that the desperation shown by job seekers is a reflection of the unemployment crisis among Nigerian youthful population.

Recession, galloping inflation
Between 2014 and 2021, Nigeria has gone through two economic recessions and unemployment rate has more than quadrupled.

In recent years, the economic situation has degenerated, especially for young unemployed people, as they struggle to survive amid pandemic-induced recession and skyrocketing food prices.

Nigeria’s inflation rate rose to 17.33 per cent in February 2021. It was the highest inflation rate recorded in four years. In January, inflation rose to 16.47 per cent amid skyrocketed food prices.

Nigeria’s food inflation rose to the highest level since 2008 in January, a sombre illustration of the crisis the nation’s food sector has faced, with millions of poor citizens struggling daily to buy food at exorbitant rates even as others have been pushed out of gainful employment by the economic effect of Covid-19.

As the economic situation bites harder, many young people have become desperate to get jobs while numerous others continue to fall victim to job-related crimes.

The Red flag

A recruitment firm without a website, blog, or social media accounts can easily defraud and harm job seekers. This is because it is very easy for them to avoid scrutiny, investigation, or being called out.

Another red flag, is that such fraudulent organisations always ask for money before or during interviews. An organisation that will give you job would most likely not be keen on extorting you in whatever guise.


Beyond formulating enabling policies, government must create better environment for private companies to thrive and create jobs.

In May, the federal Government announced that it had placed 3,000 unemployed graduates on N30,000 monthly salary for a period of 1 year Through the initiative of Npower Scheme which is Laudable. Such programs should also be implemented into the state level to create more job for our youths after graduating from higher institutions.

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