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How government made me become okada rider – UNN Graduate

A 38-year-old Bachelors degree holder, Temitope Aladesanwa, has said the difficulty in getting government jobs influenced his decision to become a commercial motorcyclist.

The 2014 graduate of political science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said he wanted to work with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Nigeria Immigration Service, but his applications were denied on different occasions as a result of the age requirement.

Aladesanwa, who is married with two kids, noted that after several trials and failure to secure employment with a government agency, he resorted to riding bike to provide for his family.

He said, “The first problem I had after my youth service was that companies were requesting five to 10 years of job experience. Over the years, it became the issue of age because I was around 30 when I completed my youth service but now, I am 38. Most of the jobs out there now are requesting a lower age.

“In the past, I applied to the NSCDC, immigration and the police. In fact, I wanted to apply for the immigration recruitment that was done last year, but having seen the age limit, I couldn’t because it would just be another wasted effort. It is painful that I spent a lot of money schooling and ended up doing this work; this was not the reason I went to school to obtain my degree.”

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