The Nigerian Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, is calling on unemployed Nigerians to hurry online and register with the national job portal of the Social Intervention Scheme of the Federal Government.
Chris Ngige made this known in an official statement over the weekend during the inauguration of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) School-to-Work Programme in Calabar.
According to him, the online registration will afford the unemployed the opportunity of being a part of helpful programmes that the government is granting to change their situations.
Minister Chris Ngige says that the deadline for the registration is on the 31st of August.
“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.”
He also implored the local government chairmen to mobilize people who would go into the local governments and register the unemployed there. This will go a long way for those who are not well grounded in the use of computers.
Recall that in June under the N-Power initiative, the Federal Government announced the recruitment of 500,000 unemployed Nigerians into the work force.
As contained in the 2016 budget, the N-Power schemes includes:
- N-Power-Teach category which will train 500,000 teachers:
- N-Power Knowledge will train 25,000 tech-inclined Nigerians in the area of technology;and
- N-Power Build,will train 75,000 Nigerians ” in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.”
These schemes will help unemployed Nigerians benefit from the N500 billion social investment programme launched by President Buhari.
In what looks like a win win situation, as these Nigerians get employed, the nation also founds the reformation of the existing educational standards.
The government is pushing for a more skill inclined education than the traditional theories which seems to be failing the society.
“We are building a generation of Nigerians where creative thinking, self-confidence and dignity of labor 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.”