Honourable Commissioner of Information, Adamawa State, Ahmad Sajoh MNIPR has advised printers against globe-trotting from one government office to another in search of jobs. He noted that the practical nature of the printing trade was enough to provide job for every graduate of printing technology in nation’s higher institutions where printing technology is a course of learning.
Sajoh who was a Special Guest of Honour at the just concluded Nigeria International Print Expo (NIPEX 2016) in Lagos was addressing his audience that was made largely of printing students from Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Korm Publicity, Sango, Ogun State and hosts of other industry practitioners.
In what he described as ‘bad news’ for job seekers, the Honourable Commissioner said, “the real the bad news is that when the department of printing technology was established in Yabatech and Kaduna Polytechnic, the aim was essentially to fill the gap in the man power need of the printing department in government presses as well as better equip grandaunts for the post-classroom life that includes fending for themselves legitimately”.
“This aim had been grossly defeated. We now have government printing presses being headed by non-printing professionals while the career persons in this industry are ‘jumping from one government office to another, in search of what they tag government work. The bad news today is that there is no work to get in government offices and that is the truth”.
On the good news, Sajoh said “career in printing is a course that is already tailor made to make every graduate self-employed. Unlike those who learnt the trade via apprenticeship, Sajoh enthused “you have an advantage because you are going to be educated printers with other advantages like print marketing, management, psychology being taught to make the students a self made persons even before graduation”.