CEM REPORT, EMPLOYMENT | To further flatten the unemployment curve in the country the federal government has revealed plans to establish job centres in each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as the 774 Local Government Areas.
The government also plans to improve the Nigerian Electronic Labour Exchange to match jobseekers with jobs.
The Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Kachollom Daju, disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the meeting with the Head of Service in Abuja
She said the decision of the federal government to exit 100 million Nigerians out of the poverty line would be more feasible if stakeholders recognised their roles and play them effectively.
“Yes, I would say government policy to reduce poverty by 2030 is real, to cut down youth unemployment is real.” The statistics can speak for themselves and this actually is multi-sector and it cut across all MDAs.”
The Pem Sec explained that the Labour Market Information System was launched recently to improve job matching adding that the Nigerian Electronic Labour Exchange has been on, but has now been improved upon to match job seekers with the job.
“It has been going on, but apparently many Nigerians are not aware of that, so the ministry is upgrading that. I do not want to give a date but I know that we are improving more and actually constructing more job centres across the nation.
“We have around 16 now and we are going to that the 36 states and Abuja, all have job centres, not only in the cities centres but also in the 744 Local Government Areas and we have started that in the 2022 Budget.“We want more job centres created in the 744 Local Government Areas and the states, that is how the government equally want to help.”
Daju also added that the private sector is supposed to play a huge role in ensuring more job creation in the various of the economy.
“The private sector has its own role to play and that’s why the federal government has shown that for the development plan, a certain huge percentage of what it takes to ensure that employment, infrastructure and all that is carried out by the private sector.
“I don’t have the figure right away now. But I know that the private sector is going to play a huge role in achieving this.”