Monday, November 05, 2012

6 PhD, 704 Masters And Over 8,460 Bachelor Degree Holders Apply For Job As Drivers At Dangote Group.

Why do post graduate degree holders want to become drivers?
Recently, Dangote Group announced that it received a staggering 13,000 applications from graduates for employment as truck drivers. Of the 13,000 applications received for the Graduate Executive Truck Driver positions, there were 6 Ph.D, 704 Masters and over 8,460 Bachelor degree holders.Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said that the company only needed 100 drivers, but received the overwhelming applications.

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At a mentorship meeting of the World Bank Youth Forum recently, Mr Dangote said that most of the applicants were from reputable universities and had the needed qualities. 

 “All these things are verifiable, and they all graduated from reputable institutions which is satisfactory; and our plan is to eventually make them self dependent.
  “Despite the fact that the drivers get trip allowances on each trip along with their salaries, the arrangement is that they will own the trucks at no interests or repayments after they must have reached 300,000 kilometers, which is about 140 trips from Lagos to Kano and a hard working driver can complete in two years, while lazy ones can take maximum of four years.”

The sad part is that no one dreams that after obtaining a first degree, Masters degree or a PhD, that they would become a truck driver. This high number of applications is definitely due to the high unemployment rate in the country, very sad!

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