This week, a message purported to be from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment which asked unemployed youths to submit their Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the ministry for employment, went viral. It was seen on various social media platforms such as, Facebook, Whatsapp, BlackBerry Messenger, popularly referred to as BBM, etc.
The message read thus:
Announcement! Federal Government of Nigeria has directed the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to start receiving CV’s (Document) massively nationwide from graduates for employment in 2016. The graduates are to submit their CV’s at Federal Secretariats. The following graduates are welcome.
- Sec. School Graduate.
- Certificate course of any kind.
- OND, ND, HND In any field.
- B.Sc, B.Ed and B.A, in any field.
Any other qualification is accepted excluding M.Sc, PhD. Please don’t forget to inform others. Closing date 07-January-2016.
Nigerian youths had just began to sing the praises of the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige for reacting swiftly to the needs of the youths in the country and confronting the beast of unemployment head-on before we heard that it was just a hoax. The Ministry came out to disown the online message.
In a statement by the Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, Samuel Olowookere, he said the call for Nigerian youths to submit their CV’s for recruitment in the ministry at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Headquarters and Zonal offices nationwide is false, urging the public to disregard it while assuring that President Muhammadu Buhari government “has perfected plans for massive job creation through well thought out programmes.”
The statement said:
The general public is hereby advised to disregard this false directive as it did not emanate from the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
In view of the apprehension the above false information has generated it is pertinent to point out that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, is committed to the creation of decent employment opportunities for teeming unemployed Nigerians and has perfected plans for massive job creation through well thought out programmes such as Graduate Teachers Conversion Programme, Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Vocational Skills Acquisition and Upgrading, Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) for the vulnerable persons including market women.
The general Public will be informed in due course when any of these programmes/scheme is being rolled out.
The public is hereby warned to disregard the said online publication as any person who does otherwise does so at his or her own risk especially when some of the websites have been requesting applicants to pay what they dubbed ‘application fees’.
Here is the copy of the statement: