Nigerians and indeed the rest of the world are beginning to feel the aftermath of the restrictions occasioned by the covid-19 pandemic, even as different countries scramble to regain control of their economies. Millions of jobs have been lost within this harrowing three months, and it is projected that many more job cuts are still inevitable in the aviation, tourism and manufacturing sectors.
In Nigeria, the depression among the population is not yet visible as millions of young people now find solace in sports betting which has been made possible by platforms like NetBet Nigeria and a host of other bookies in the country. The hope of winning sizeable amount of money to cater for immediate need has reduced the tension amongst the populace and the eventual outcry that would have resulted from this frustration and suffering of the people.
As Nigerians continue the journey for survival in the post-lockdown era with job search as a major focus, here are the three hottest sectors that can generate employment after the covid-19 lockdown.
- Agriculture: Yes, being a farmer is not first on many people’s list of occupation; however, this sector now offers the most opportunities for employment to the army of youths whose certificate now counts for little in the face of limited job opportunities. The demand for food and raw materials for production of other goods have been the catalyst that has made this sector more vibrant in the post lockdown era. Government is investing heavily in agriculture and agricultural manpower through far-reaching policies and programmes targeted at young people. There are huge corporate farms springing up in different parts of the country with recruitment drives into various organizational roles. The opportunities are endless in the sector considering the fact that Agro-Allied industries are also active participant as they seek to increase capacity to accommodate growing demands.
- E-commerce: the fear of the coronavirus is still present with us, and may not go away anytime soon. Fortunately, the Nigeria society is also fast evolving as adoption of technology is becoming a major part of our lives. There is a huge prospect in E-commerce that can trigger employment drive like it is currently being experienced with Amazon in the US. There is a tendency for a surge in E-commerce that will create job openings in associated business sectors to accommodate growing demands. This is already the case with some medium size online stores recruiting for delivery services roles and digital marketing professionals immediately after the lockdown was lifted. The Npower scheme by the government is a major source of support to make this work for many aspiring entrepreneurs.
- Sanitation: Well, this is not an industrial sector in the actual sense of sectoral differentiation, but it comes into focus because of the huge impact it is projected to have on job creation in the post- lockdown era. Public and private establishments more than ever need to implement sanitation protocols to protect people from the covid19 virus. As such, expect new companies both small and media scale springing up to offer cleaning and sanitation services in both the public and private sectors. This in turn is expected to trigger job creation across the country.