It is unusual in a country like Sierra Leone sickened with unemployment even with university graduates.
Every year the university produces close to 600 graduates but less than 5% of that number are employed causing many to seek greener pastures outside the country.
It was a solemn night and it would have been solemn also for any graduate to have been faced with an opportunity like Pierre Ayodele Johnson who was instantly offered a job by a telecommunications company.
Pierre graduated in business administration, specializing in sales and marketing management with a first class Honours degree from the Institute of Public Administration and Management.
Pierre won the university award for his outstanding academic performance and whilst giving his vote of thanks at the awards banquet, he said “it is disheartening to see graduates from the university especially first class students not employed and no scholarship for further studies.”
His remark was responded to by a telecommunications company, Comium whose commercial manager, Lawrence Spencer Coker, invited him to join the company.
Pierre spoke to Awoko that he made the passionate plea when “I compare our own situation to that of other countries who treasure what they have (graduates).
Having a first class is not an easy study and the best reward for such is to offer a job or scholarship.”
How he felt being offered a job by Comium he said, “it is great I feel elated and the call is challenging to other private sectors.”
The new chief executive officer of Comium, Paul Hyde, told Awoko they made the offer because “we are a Sierra Leone company and we intend to drive forward Sierra Leone for Sierra Leoneans.”
He stated that Comium intended recruiting the cream of graduates from the university to develop them into professionals and to improve their personal development.
For the offer he said, “there was the need to provide the channel for young people to be developed in the country and as a profit making company we need to pay back to the people through employment.”