Reno Omokri says it is unfortunate that in less than 2 years Nigeria has gone from Graduate Internship Scheme to Graduate Bus Conductor Scheme.
Towards the end of October, Lagos Nigeria disclosed the intention of recruiting 1000 graduates to become commercial bus conductors for a monthly salary of N50, 000.
The announcement was made by the National President of the Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria, BCAN, Comrade Israel Ade Adeshola through the Lagos State ministry of transportation. He says that Lagos state government has a plan to give bus conducting a professional touch.
“Presently Lagos state government through the Lagos State Drivers Institute, LASDRI is training and accrediting conductors in the state, adding that after the training the graduands would be employed as Bus Conductors and would be on the payroll of the government with a salary worth of N50,000 per month.”
“The objective is to make the job of bus conducting attractive, respected and dignified as obtainable globally.”
There have been both favorable and unfavorable reactions towards the announcement.
Reno Omokri, host of Transformation with Reno Omokri and founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California, has unsparingly slammed the government of the Graduate Bus Conductor Scheme
The speaker, writer and panelist at the United States Institute of peace vividly cast a contrast between job opportunities in the immediate past and present regime.
During the regime of Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri served as a special assistant and his spokesperson on several occasions. He is credited for using social media to conduct surveys and project the developments undertaken by the Nigerian Government.
Omokri frowned at the plan of turning Nigerian graduates into bus conductors.
He says that under the YouWIN policy and the Graduate Internship Scheme of Jonathan’s administration, about 4,000 business entrepreneurs and 41, 000 Nigerians respectively benefited from the platforms.
Reno Omokri wrote:
“I have one question for the APC. If graduates are to be conductors, then who will drive the buses? PhD and Masters holders?”
“President Goodluck Jonathan gave graduates between ₦2m to ₦12 million each to start businesses and the APC ridiculed him and called him clueless.”
“Today, the clue-full APC is giving graduates ₦50k to be conductors. Jonathan saw youths as businessmen which is why he empowered them to start businesses, but today the APC see youths as conductors.”
“All I can say is welcome to the new Nigeria!”
The activist thinks it is not right that while the children of top politicians have business opportunities and are awarded contracts; the poor masses have the opportunity “to collect change” under the Graduate Bus Conductor Scheme.