COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of life for all groups of people, and young people are among the most affected as a result of the economic and social disruptions such as unemployment and school closures caused by COVID-19 pandemic. In Nigeria, youth unemployment rose from 40.8% to 53.4% as at January 2021. Previous studies have found that these disruptions are leaving many young people afraid, angry, and concerned about their future. Because it is difficult for young people in some industries, such as construction, to transition into new modes of work, like working remotely, these consequences are likely to be exacerbated. This study assessed the perceived worry about COVID-19 among young construction workers in Nigeria and explored what factors predicted the level of their worry. Unlike many other studies, this one employs a qualitative technique by interviewing 30 young people in Abuja, Nigeria. The findings indicate that many young people interviewed are less worried about COVID-19 due to factors such as their religious beliefs. Young people's lack of worry or concern implies that they may be less compliant with COVID-19 guidelines, offering a significant risk of transmission and mortality to the broader population in Nigeria and beyond.
Biography of speaker
Mr. Ayomide Oluwaseyi Oladosu
Mr. Ayomide Oluwaseyi Oladosu is a second-year PhD student at Lingnan University’s School of Graduate Studies studying Sociology and Social Policy. His current PhD research is titled Social Networks, Access to Healthcare and the Health-related Quality of Life of Young Informal Workers in Nigeria’s Construction Industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Nigeria’s Afe Babalola University and his master’s degree in comparative social policy from Hong Kong’s Lingnan University. He has worked in a variety of fields, including health and nutrition and banking. These two distinct work experiences, first as a research consultant in a health and nutrition company and later as a Retail banker, developed his research interests in healthcare and the working conditions in the informal sector. As a young man, he is interested in youth development, particularly around health and wellbeing. Other research areas of interest include social networks and healthcare access. Through his research, he hopes to make contributions towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 3, “to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”.