Population and Productivity

The phrase ‘Strength In Numbers’ is one among others that have been commonly spoken, without necessarily learning about its background; like having the original copy of an antique book in a library, with a ruined cover, whose author’ name cannot be traced. In perspective of the adage, is there really strength in numbers?

Time has revealed that the possibilities available for man to thrive in his world are limitless; hence, his successes and failures largely depend on how much he maintains and manages his existence. However, such an individual can only be limited in his achievements without the aid of others.

A collection of people working in unison and purpose would foster rapid, sustainable growth and productivity in any society. Human resources refer to the work-force potential of any organization, sector or economy.The facile perception of the term as ‘only exclusive’ to corporate organizations is false. An employer of laborers at a construction site or a restaurateur that recruits a couple of chefs has invested in human resources and would expect effective returns.

Nigeria, a country of approximately 184 million inhabitants, is the most populous country in Africa and 7th in the world. The nation, regarded as the ‘giant of Africa’ houses one of the largest population of youths in the world. Despite this, unemployment among the Nigerian youths is like a lingering odor in one’s living room and should be seen as an aberration. It has done more harm than good, as the idle in the society are susceptible to various crimes.

Indeed, the current financial squeeze on the nation, points to a radical overhaul of stale systems . The potential benefits of Nigeria’s human resources can be accentuated by the strength that comes with her population of youths (the core of her workforce).

It is of crucial relevance for governmental and non-governmental organizations in the country to invest in the youths, by empowering them on a collective, large-scale basis, through initiatives that are derived from a convention of seasoned and experienced Think-Tankers, tasked with the goal of engaging labor, as well as ‘hands-on’ supervision.

Sectors such as agriculture, apparel production, post-skill acquired products etc. are among prospective areas of concentration where the products’ target market is the immediate population. Any individual or group with the capacity to explore the abundantly available human resource market in Nigeria has/have laid the foundation for potential success in the world of entrepreneurship.