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- Creates Job Centers In 774 LGAs
The Federal Government has unveiled it’s plan to lift 100 Million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 through creation of job centres in the 774 Local Governments of the country.
It says it has begun creating job centres in the states as a part of its measures to tackle unemployment.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that its plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 were attainable if stakeholders play their expected roles in the plan.
According to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ms. Kachollom Daju, the government already has 16 job centres in some parts of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Daju told members of the Labour Correspondents Association of Nigeria (LACANl who visited her in Abuja at the weekend, that all the 744 Local Government Areas in the country would have at least one centres
She recalled that the government recently inaugurated a data bank, known as Labour Market Information System(LMIS), to guide those already employed and those wishing to secure employment.
The Permanent Secretary added that the informal sector, especially the artisans, has been included in the National Health Insurance Act to help those unable to take care of themselves or their families to access healthcare facilities when ill.
She said: “It’s not just the Federal Government, the private sector is supposed to play a huge role in lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 because we cannot all be dependent on the government.
“The private sector has its own role to play. And that’s why the government has shown that for the development plan, a certain percentage is a huge percentage of what it takes to ensure that employment, infrastructure, and all that is carried out by the private sector. I know that the private sector is going to play a huge role in achieving this.
“We will work together and for the Ministry of Labour, we have different agencies and departments that have to do with employment skills. As you all know, and recently, the Labour Market Information System, which we’re bringing out for the citizens to know, is to ensure that data is collected.
“And alongside that, we’re actually going to improve on job matching, the Nigerian Electronic Labour Exchange which has been on but now we are only going to improve on where you 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 and ensuring that hopefully, 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 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.”
She said that one of the agencies in the ministry, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), was set up to ensure that the informal sector which had remained a problem for the government was well taken care of.
Daju said the NDE had different schemes that cut across the board where employment was reduced for the use.
She said: “Not only for the youth, but you also have schemes that are for women only, solely for women, you have agric skills, you have mature people skills, and they are trained in various different vocational skills all across the country.
”You have bead making, mechanic training, and so many different things, you actually have a rural infrastructure, where roads are built and hospitals are maintained, and many things like that.
”A large percent of people are in the informal sector and with the National Health Insurance Act which was just passed, the insurance has to go to the informal sector too now and it is all part of what government is doing
“It will equally help the artisans who have not been able to take care of themselves or their families when they are ill to go to the hospitals and be taken care of.
”NSITF (Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund) which is part of the Ministry of Labour, has Employment Compensation Act, where anybody who has an accident at the place of work is compensated and paid a certain amount, depending on how much they have been doing or how much you earn and they have been doing that.
”They have actually taken the bill before the National Assembly, where it will be improved upon and better things will come to the citizens and we are hoping and praying that the National Assembly will be able to pass the bill in time as it will make it easier for employees who are supposed to pay one percent to the fund.
”All employers are expected to pay one percent to NSITF which is part of the Employee Compensation Act.
”I would say government policy to reduce poverty by 2030 is real, to cut down youth unemployment.
“The statistics can speak for themselves and this actually is multi-sector and it cuts across all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.”
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