Jobless first class graduate gets instant employment after PREMIUM TIMES report

Odufuwa Sola
Odufuwa Sola

A first class Nigerian graduate, who had been unemployed for two years since she left the university, has been offered employment after PREMIUM TIMES published a report on her.

Twenty-two-year-old Odufuwa Sola had almost given up and started learning tailoring at Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, before the job offer came.

The Physics Electronics graduate from the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State, took to Twitter in October to beg people to help her out, after her search for a job yielded no result.

Ms. Sola did not just make a first class but was the best graduating student in the university for that year with a 4.83 G.P.A. She had the honour of delivering a valedictory speech in the school.

Ms. Sola’s story underscored the unemployment crisis in the oil-rich Nigeria which is one of the largest economies in Africa.

Immediately the story was published, Adamu Garba, the CEO of IPI Solution Ltd, an IT firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja, reached out to Ms. Sola via Twitter and within days she was offered an employment in project development and IT solutions after a job interview. She has also been enrolled in a mentorship scheme by the company.

Ms. Sola is trying to settle down on her new job and a new life in Lagos.

“It’s actually a different field from what I learnt in school,” she said. “It’s all about programming.

“The company has done well by providing me with a new laptop, eBooks, and videos to aid my transition into the IT world.

“And I have colleagues around me who are always willing and ready to help. It’s challenging but I know with time I will adjust,” she said.

Ms. Sola said she loves her new job and that the pay was good for a start.

She thanked PREMIUM TIMES for doing a story on her and also thanked her new boss, Mr. Garba, for giving her the opportunity to work in the IT company.

Christopher Olowokere, the Head of Physics with Electronics department, Ajayi Crowther University, said he was aware that Ms. Sola had been offered a job. He expressed delight over it and also thanked the newspaper for the story.

The CEO of IPI Solution Ltd, Mr. Garba, who said he was moved by Ms. Sola’s story, said he picked her Twitter handle from the PREMIUM TIMES report.

“I just sent a Twitter message to her requesting to know if she was available for a job interview. She came in for the interview, she displayed a lot of potentials. She is an intelligent person, we said let’s give her the opportunity to start work immediately,” said Mr. Garba.

Mr. Garba said Ms. Sola now has a great opportunity for a promising career since “the future of the world’s economy is dependent on IT”.

He blamed Nigeria’s worsening unemployment situation on the government and the university system.

“The Nigerian universities do not teach the students how to apply knowledge,” he said, adding that Nigeria could create millions of jobs if only the government was willing to explore the potentials available in IT.

“These five companies, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple combined have about $3.6 trillion in their pool.

“As I’m talking to you, Apples’ earnings now is twice bigger than Nigeria’s GDP. And this is a company of 66,000 staff, while Nigeria has more than 186 million people.

“What is the government doing to empower the local IT guys?” Mr. Garba said, while also advising the government regulatory agencies to stop implementing policies that block multinational IT companies from coming in to play big roles in the Nigerian market.

PREMIUM TIMES asked Ms. Sola about the lessons she has learnt from what has happened.

“I have learnt that I need to come out of my comfort zone, try something new, and take risks.

“There is also this Yoruba adage that says, ‘When you have a problem and you keep it to yourself and don’t share it with others, at times it won’t get solved,’” she said.


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  • kenmege

    This country a joke. A first class material jobless for 2 years,while NNPC,CBN,NDIC offices are filled with many dull northerners that can’t even spell their names,earning well over 500k monthly? Give me a break. This is not a country.

    • Honestme

      Sorry but just cant get over the irony …. it was also a northerner that gave her this job !

      • Sanssouci

        Ethnic/religious rhetoric will always make a person contradict himself and make nonsense of his theory

        • 0tile

          What do you mean by Ethnic/religious rhetoric? If she was a Fillanci Muslilma would she suffer unemployment at all? Ethnic and religious bigots from the Muslim North have dispossessed our people and our Odua brothers. Evil is evil and has no other good name.

          • Sanssouci

            take a chill pill and yes even if she were a “Fillanci Muslilma” whatever the hell that means, she could still be unemployed

          • Otile

            Mallam, don’t expect me to spell Muslima well I am not Muslim, rather give credit for trying. Ka ji ko?

          • Sanssouci

            Na ji

          • Otile

            To madalla, Allah ya ba ka lafia, abokina.

      • kenmege

        i appreciate the Mr Garba that gave her a 60k per month job.God bless him.But conscience is an open wound,i doubt that this single act of kindness from a single northerner will heal it.

    • Otunga

      So if I get your logic, basically northerners give northerners jobs right? Are u now trying to say there are no southerners in gov’t that can also give their own people jobs…it’s just northerners..bro, these ethnic and underdog mentality of people from the south is sickening….makes me puke! CBN is headed by a southerner, you mean to tell me its the northerners fault that he can’t get his kinsmen into the system? I dont blame pricks like you…learn to carry your cross, stop looking for pity!

      • 0tile

        Show me a single Northerner with a good degree in Science/Engineering that has been unemployed for two donkey years. If there was no outcry would Garuba lift a finger to help her? She deserves better.

        • Hassan M. Auwal

          If there was NO outcry how would Garba know about her condition to come out and help the young lady ??? Use your common sense my friend !

          • Otile

            No Garuba did good, but where is the corrupt government of Imam Mohamed Buhari. Use your commonsense to know that Buhari is a corrupt dullard.

          • Hassan M. Auwal

            “Buhari is a corrupt dullard”, and Mr. Clueless – Goodluck Jonathan that spend 6 good years “working on the nation’s economy” is incorruptible intelligent, in fact that was why he won landslide victory in the last election and was re-elected…Lol

          • Otile

            It took Dullard of Daura 16 donkey years of campaign and rigging. Again Dullard resorted to threat of violence to intimate voter. So we know how the election was manipulated, stop bragging about it.

    • Someone

      that’s how it is. very bad government. dullards are ruling, they are everywhere.

  • Julius

    Good deed Mr. Garba. God bless you and I wish the young lady success !

  • Fadama

    God bless Mr. Garba.

  • shalom

    wonder why her university cant even retain her

  • God’s time Anrinze

    Corruption have ruind Nigerian political system……..shame on dem??

    • Hassan M. Auwal

      Corruption has ruined Nigeria NOT only Nigeria political system…

  • Sir Louis

    A good move. Congratulations to all concerned.

  • Steve

    Premium Times at it”s best again, save for the publicity given this lady, her bright star would have been snuffed out like many others. Wonder when other media outlet will follow suit. It is on record that the vice president Osinbajo confessed to the large scale migration of top notch academic excellence of our generation to foreign land as a result of this kind of frustration. I just happen to be one of the lucky ones to emigrate and I must confess it is a sad reality that needs to be checked.

  • Omotayo Caleb

    Congratulations Sola. Pls you have been giving a chance make us proud so that more will benefit. Thank you too Mr. Garba and premium times.

  • Jach J. King

    Do we have to blame the Government or God for our predicaments? NO, NO, NOT AT ALL.
    IT IS ONLY AN INSANE THAT MOVES UP AND ABOUT WITH LUGGAGES THAT HE OR SHE DOES NOT REQUIRE.

    There are much more jobs in Nigeria for anybody who indeed wanted the job, however, there were conflict of interests bedeviling the entire system from the strata of education to governance.

    The tutorial concepts right from inception by the primary and secondary parenthood (that is to say the parents and the teachers or lecturers) are just a misfit to be desired in steering up development of the system they found themselves and now they cry foul!

    Parents pays money to the teacher or lecturers to generate CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION for their children at any stage of their education including at the university levels. The children carry the certificate to negotiate for employment through bidding process with huge sums offered for facilitation, please just be rest assured that within 72 hrs, every valid documents as an bonafide employee are summarily issued out with the salary payment schedules. That’s it.

    Undoubtedly, the bulk of these elements constitute 87% of civil and public servants that institutes a high dimension of managerial incompetence by which the entire systems are held bound, resonating to stealing, killing and destruction.

    NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY GRADUATES ARE UNEMPLOYABLE. IT IS EVEN A HEAVIER RISK EMPLOYING THEM BECAUSE HE OR SHE IS NOT AFTER THE PRODUCTIVITY BUT AFTER HIS OR HER OWN BILLS TO PAID AT THE END OF THE DAY WHETHER HE OR SHE WORKS, ALERT ARE BEING AWAITED. IT’S A TERRIBLE THING.

    An Oil Servicing Company advertised for employment of five (5) Vacancies in the offshore fields. Two hundred and one applicants came for Trade Tests. Out of this number, one hundred and eighty seven were Nigerian University Graduates and the rest.

    The Trade Test was conducted by Technical Director (US, whiteman) and other mixed races in the board management level just to prove transparency in the whole exercise. However, he addressed and notified all that the reorganization ongoing in this their company has prompted this, so he made his preference of a higher or master degree holders emerging successful with the intent of taking over the company’s management as he was about going back to his country United States of America. Further, he vowed that the result must be visibly made available that same day.

    This kind, honest US whiteman and host of other personnels present for that exercise were dumbfounded and nearly weep for what they saw that happened. Eventually, they were fed fat there and were issued with take home pay of #25,000 each as a token of appreciation.

    To their greatest dismay it was only Comprehensive Technical Secondary Schools (pass-out) applicants that were least expected and participated was able to score above 90%. It was very disappointing further that no polytechnic or university graduate was able to prove the worth of their certificates.

    WHY DO WE FAKE EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATE WITHOUT GOOD CHARACTER, GOING ABOUT CALLING GOD, GOVERNMENT, AND MOST CASES SATAN THE ARCHITECT OF OUR PROBLEMS? WE ARE PROBLEMS OF OURSELVES AND ALSO SOLUTIONS TO THOSE PROBLEMS OF OURSELVES.

    Oh my goodness! who do we blame here, Satan, God or Government? Who else? Please, tell us something to do to be better of because we can’t continue this way and be expecting wonders to happen in our generation. Some are running out to other nations, in the process were thrown into the seas, some were sold into slavery and others were subjected to inhumane treatment. The solutions are not with the Government, God or Satan but in us, collectively and individually.

  • Ahmed Yaman

    Congratulation Sola. i hope Mr. Garba will not start asking you for sex because this is Nigeria for you.