The Nigerian ministry of labour is to collaborate with Zinox Group to create a data base of the unemployed and create employment for youths in the 774 local governments in the country in the information communication and technology sector
IN a move to tackle the challenge of high rate of unemployment in the country, the federal government and Zinox Group have formulated plans to create jobs opportunities in the Information Communication Technology, ICT, sector across the 774 local government areas in the country.
Leo Stan Ekeh, chairman, Zinox Group, disclosed this when he led his management team to visit Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment. He said the purpose of their visit was to congratulate the ministers on their appointments as well as seek collaboration with the ministry to complement the efforts of the federal government at job creation.
Ekeh added that his decision to seek collaboration with the ministry was borne out of the need to reduce unprecedented rate of unemployment in Nigeria, stressing that Zinox Group was willing to partner the ministry of Labour and employment to create jobs in all the local government councils in Nigeria. He opined that Zinox is looking forward to collaborating with the ministry to achieve a national data base where the unemployed should register their profiles in the various council areas headquarters for easy access to employers, adding that the platform will create avenues for qualified graduates to be located for employment irrespective of where they reside.
Responding, Ngige stated that one of the major challenges facing Nigeria is unemployment which the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is leaving no stone unturned to address holistically. He reiterated that the determination of President Buhari would tackle the scourge of unemployment head-on, adding that the skill acquisition centres spread across the country would be resuscitated for the use for unemployed Nigerian youths to acquire relevant skills.
Ngige assured that his ministry doors are widely opened to collaborate with any organisation willing to assist in creating jobs, stressing that partnering with Zinox Group would in no small measure create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the country. While commending Zinox Group for its immense contribution to the ICT development in the country, he decried that presently, the ministry does not have credible data base of the unemployed in its various forms. According to him, the ministry would roll out its programme on employment generation once the 2016 budget is passed. “By the end of the first quarter, we will hit the ground running,” he promised.
Also speaking, James Ocholi, minister of state for labour and employment, commended Yudala, one of the Zinox Group arms which have been able to carve a niche for itself within a short time of its existence, adding that he was proud of the private sector for its contribution to the development of the Nigerian economy.
— Feb 1, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT