Dr.Chris Ngige, has expressed concern over the low number of applications at the online job portal of the Social Intervention Scheme of the Federal Government.
The Minister of Labour urged unemployed youths to apply online to be a part of an initiative which he sees as a panacea for rising unemployment.
The minister made the call over the weekend, while inaugurating the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) School-to-Work Programme in Calabar.
“You must register to benefit from the Social Intervention Scheme. Unfortunately, as we speak, by last week, the portal has only recorded about 1.2 million persons.”
“We expect more persons to have been registered in the portal before our screening exercise; the registration on the portal is Npower.ng.org. The portal closes Aug. 31, which is just few days away.”
“For those who are not computer literate, we advise state governments to encourage them by using local government chairmen to move into local government areas to register the unemployed persons there.”
“So that they can qualify to be considered for the scheme. Each state of the federation is expected to recruit about 1, 500 persons.’’
Ngige, shed light on the School-To-Work programme saying:
“We are building a generation of Nigerians where creative thinking, self-confidence and dignity of labour will challenge the prevailing unemployment scourge.”
“We are building a generation of Nigerians who will not only create wealth with their hands, but are proud employers with skills from hands that God has given them, “
“By this, we are re-thinking a university education system where graduates fold hands and wait for food on their table”
He said 150 persons would be trained yearly from each of the states of the federation under the scheme.
He said the headquarters for the six zonal training centres were Calabar, Anambra, Bauchi, Katsina, Kogi and Ondo.
Mr. Obayan said the programme was designed to provide diverse vocational, agricultural and entrepreneurial skills training for secondary school students during long vacations.
He said the age grouping was the best peak to tackle youth unemployment with acquisition of skills.
Ngige had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Ben Ayade, who commended the minister on his innovative approach to tacking unemployment.