The Director General of the National Institute of Medical Research, Prof. Babatunde Salako has called on medical professionals seeking employment not to rely on government jobs but start something on their own.
In a recent chat with Health Standard Journal, the former provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan said, “Although Govt is largest employer of labour, govt. cannot employ everybody. I believe that hasn’t sunk down in the minds of Nigerians that’s why everyone is facing government and looking for jobs. The private sector has to employ a lot more as they determine the size of the economy.
People must think of being self-employed in the current Nigeria. We have an advantage of the population so whatever you come up with; you have an array of people you can sell your idea to that can patronize you because we are interdependent. Govt positions cannot be more than what has been created for it or more than their pockets that they can pay their salaries so if we have health care workers without jobs, they can work with private sectors or work for themselves.”
He advised people to start out something of their own so they can be employers rather than employees.
“If they continue to wait for Govt, they will continue to sing a mantra of no work. Why can’t people start up something? I know it wouldn’t be easy but it is the best way,” he added.
While calling on the National Universities Commission (NUC) to train employable graduates not graduates unfit for jobs, the Nephrologist said, “The Ivory Towers also have to help and produce professionals that can stand on their own not people who are not employable or cannot stand on their own. So curriculums in our ivory towers have to be changed and reviewed, orient it in a way that the people that are being produced in the university can create employment rather than looking for employment.”
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