Business experts call for youths engagement after NYSC 

By Cynthia Okere, Lagos


The Head of Retail Council of Nigeria, Kunle Hamzat has called for Youths employment after their National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.

Mr Hamzat made the call at the opening ceremony of this year’s Retail Sourcing Fair West Africa in Lagos.

Describing Nigerian youths as intelligent and hard working, he expressed the optimism that they would useful and function well if the environment is made conducive for them.

Mr Hamzat called on government and well meaning Nigerians ”to engage every graduate with some stipend after NYSC to help them have direction till they get job.”

He also urged every youths in the country to avail themselves the opportunity of being at the ongoing Retail Sourcing Fair West Africa saying ”such fair can create employment opportunities.”

“There are so many graduates roaming the streets and causing all manner of havocs in the society today just because they are ignored after school.

”I have lost count of how many graduates the country produce yearly, yet, so many of them are not gainfully employed or engaged. 

”Let government place the youth on stipend after service to help them stand on their own while waiting for jobs…When the youths are taken out of the streets, the society will become more sane and less of crime,” Mr Hamzat stated.

The organisers of the ongoing fair, the Managing Director of Atlantic exhibition, Mr and Ayodeji Olugbade and the Project Director Leoht Africa, Bumi Aliu said attention should be given to the retail sector because there is huge employment opportunities that abound in it.

They explained that the retail source fair was to promote retail business in Nigeria, encourage and retailers in the country in the way they can be more competitive with other nations.

According to them, this year’s fair is unique because it is a ‘trade only’ fair focusing on connecting Nigerian and Chinese businesses, government’s bodies and institutions to have in depth discussions on investments, business and trade opportunities.

“Nigerians especially the entrepreneurs need to be at the fair. There will be retail and commercial products for home, office, gifts and textile sectors. It will feature over three 350 manufacturers across sectors. It is the most cost-effective way you can access the African marketplace,’’ they said.

The Director Trade and Development Bureau China, Mr. Miao Huawei said that the fair would deepen their relationship with Nigeria.

He called on everyone across the globe to come and source for trade, business and investment.


This year’s Retail Sourcing Fair is a three day event which started on 12th November at Federal Palace Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos and will end on November 14th.


Mercy Chukwudiebere