By James Emejo in Abuja

The Country Director, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Nigeria, Mrs. Toyin Ademola has said the ongoing initiative by the group to address skills gaps and boost the employability of Nigerian graduates had been successful.

There have been increasing concerns that most Nigerian graduates could not be employed as they lacked basic skills including reading and writing among other deficiencies.
But Ademola, during an interaction with THISDAY at the ACCA’s 2016 Opportunities in Finance Summit which was held in Abuja, said the unemployability of most job seekers had to do with their inability to present a good curriculum vitae (CV) as well as lack of packaging-issues the organisation had helped to address with participants.

She said more than 80 percent out of the 2,500 participants which attended its summit last year got engaged in various institutions across the banking, insurance, oil and gas and other private practice.

She said the initiative, which is in line with its corporate social responsibility objective will further complement the present administration’s efforts to reduce unemployment in the country.

According to her, “That Nigerian graduates are not employable, is both worrisome and burdensome, especially against the back drop of the fact that no nation rises above the quality of its human capital. We have done some research and one of the things we find that affects employability is that graduates do not know how to write their CVs and answer questions at interviews.”

She said: “These are our main focus areas. We want to guide them on leadership, oral and finance skills necessary to succeed: Which is why out of the 2,500 people that attended the fair last year, 80 per cent got employed across different sectors such as insurance, banking, oil and gas, and other private practice.”

According to her, this year’s summit focus on financing was aimed at promoting the financial literacy programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), maintaining that basic financing knowledge was crucial for growing the economy.

She further advised participants to always identify with relevant professional bodies to get professional certification in their chosen fields as this would go a long way to boost their chances of employment.