Government Commences Registration of Jobless Nigerians

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The Federal Government, will from today, Wednesday commence the online registration of millions of unemployed Nigerians.

This disclosure is contained in a statement by the Deputy Director, Information and Public Relations of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Edmund Onwuliri.

The statement also disclosed that the registration was targeted at having a current data of unemployed Nigerians while stressing that the registration exercise would serve  as a clearing house linking job seekers with existing vacancies in government agencies and the private sector.

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“The online portal which goes live on Wednesday April 5, 2017, is designed to capture the relevant details of any unemployed person. It will equally serve as a job exchange portal that will link job seekers and employers”.

The statement advised unemployed Nigerians to log on to www.jobsforall.ng

Nigeria Must Succeed-Eze Dr. Anozie

PRESS RELEASE

I gladly want to commend the Federal Government’s decision to empower our corper graduates with N3 million each, to enable them establish their learned skills.

That’s a wonderful and progressive decision. I remember that I have made this appeal to previous government on so many occasions in the past, but I am just happy that this present government of Buhari/APC have taken to this idea. I pray that they will be able to capture all our graduates that are unemployed through that idea, then the rate of crime will just reduce drastically. I sincerely commend the Federal Government.

They should go further by appropriating N2 billion for each state in Nigeria and with the sum, establish, in each local government in those states, about two small or medium scale industries that may not cost more than N50 million each. These industries should preferably be those that the raw materials are locally sourced within the local government, or at least within Nigeria. Each of these industries should employ about 50-100 Nigerian youths from those local governments. Through this idea also, the roaming jobless youths will be cleared off the streets. There should be in place, very powerful monitoring team of the Federal Government who at intervals should be cross checking these industries to make sure our Nigerian factor thing does not penetrate them.

If the Federal Government spends N100 billion and industrialize the whole local governments in Nigeria, that will be another step forward in the right direction. This idea will as well capture our youths and encourage them to stay put in the rural areas, and the all time rush to live only in urban areas will be reasonably discouraged.

I made this suggestion as well to the past administration, and I think they were embarking on that before they left office. May this present government pick it up and accomplish it. It will go a very long way in industrializing the country and engaging jobless Nigerians. And when these industries begin to produce, their products will flood the markets and bring down inflation. It can be industries producing toothpicks, matches, mats, hoes, cutlasses, plastic containers, weaved clothes, locally made guns ? ? There are so many things that can be manufactured locally, and we can be exporting to our neighbouring countries and boost our foreign reserve.

Nigeria must succeed, by the special grace of God.

Signed

Eze Dr. Alex C. Anozie

Ezendigbo Ibadan and Oyo state

Unemployment and The Crises of Governance : The Nigerian Story

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Even though a sizable number of ”pressmen” as government officials always say, are on the payroll of the ruling party in Nigeria today, that does not distract professionally resolute Journalists from outlining the chamelionic nature of governance.

Failure is a recurrent feature, when the people’s voices are ignored and the imposition of the desires of a few occupys the front page.

Politicians have over the years groomed army of youths to promote their interests. Majority of these youths do not necessarily possess the basic qualification-Senior Secondary School Certificate(SSCE) to make any meaningful impact in life.

To fill the vacuum, politicians console these category of youths with limitless supply of outlawed substances and alcohol, so long as the youths do their bidding.

The unemployment rate in Nigeria is at an all time high, with unemployable graduates constituting  a significant number of the unemployed.

Of worry is the fact that most Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions of learning are ill equipped and have on their pay rolls, poorly motivated manpower to impart the required knowledge.  State Governments now employ graduates to positions originally meant for unskilled labour, as political patronage and nepotism determines who gets what.

Professionalism no longer  exists in the civil service of most states, as workers continue to redefine their positions to reflect the survival of the fittest ideology currently in vogue.

It is on record and it is already a reference point that the All Progressives Congress(APC), the ruling party had its first progressive governance lecture series on 24 February, 2014, in Ibadan, Nigeria.

At the lecture series, Ayo Teriba, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Associates, delivered a lecture titled ”NIGERIA’s HIGH GROWTH-HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT PARADOX”.

Treiba had said, ”As Nigeria’s growth surged in the past one and a half decades, unemployment rate has increased three fold. Elected officials have been unable to translate growth to increased employment, largely because they have left the task of fiscal and monetary policy management growth, constrained domestic demand and worsened the employment rate.  To make democratic governance a tool for delivering economic tangible and enduring economic benefits in the future, Nigeria needs to make monthly employment data available before the end of each month, fix rail transportation, rethink fiscal policy, refocus monetary policy and ensure that elected officials accept responsibility for policy formulation and coordination”.

However,  the future is here and it is doubtful if Teriba’s recommendation are being followed.

Interestingly, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo state and Chairman, Progressives Governors Forum has lamented ”the current unemployment situation in Nigeria is unacceptable and is a danger to the social, economic and political stability of Nigeria. It also impacts negatively on our ambitions as a country, afterall, how can Nigeria, with over 20 million youths who have no jobs and millions of others wasting away claim that we want to be a major  power in the comity of  nations ?
That claim would be laughable if not tragic-tragic because we come across as refusing to empower the youths on whose shoulders will rest the task of taking Nigeria to the next level. We can no longer remain insensitive to issues around unemployment and crises of governance in Nigeria”.

Will the Presidnet Muhammadu Buhari led administration reverse the current trend of economic and other sectoral challenges ? Nigerians are already taking note and stock of the activities of the present administration for future reference.

Public Private Partnership Not Acceptable In University Staff Schools-SSANU

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As members of the Senior staff Association of Universities(SSANU) continue to lament their imminent lay off by the managements of Federal universities in the South West, the Chairman of SSANU, Western zone,Comrade Alfred Jimoh, in this interview with Federationews2day, says the development is not in the best interest of the country. Excerpts :
What is the position of the South West chapter of your union on Public Private Partnership in Staff Schools in the zone ?

Well, I want to sat that thinking itself, for us in SSANU, is nothing but a violation of a already existing agreement between the government and by necessary implications the universities in which we have these our staff schools, the violation of our 2009 agreement, which says that the universities would be full responsible for the running of our staff schools. And midway, trying to change it by saying that they want to make it Public Private Partnership,one, it is going to affect our members, who are duly employed by the councils of these universities and their terms of employment are clearly stated in their letters of appointment. Two, it is also going to change bowls in between the games for us, Public Private Partnership that is been brought in, is no acceptable to us as a union, in the university system. It is not acceptable, because as at the time we were negotiating in 2009, nobody talked about Public Private Partnership. And that agreement was signed and it was stated that the University is going to be fully responsible for the running of the staff schools. Anyway that it is going to alter the condition of service of our members, is unacceptable to us. Public Private Partnership cannot be acceptable in the staff schools of universities.

There are suggestions that a sizable number of your members have received letters of disengagement from the staff schools, how far is this true ?

Of course, it is going to affect our members negatively, because, here is a country Nigeria that we know the rate of unemployment, youth unemployment is very, very high in this country. And those whoa are in employment, you are giving them letters of disengagement. And if that is the case, you and I know that for an average Nigerian that is employed, there are a minimum of 15 people, who are attached to that person. So, if you are now talking about may be 2,000 people been disengaged, then you can multiply 2000 by may be 15, on the average. So, no doubt, it is going to have a negative impact on our members and on the union, as a union that has a responsibility to organize these people. I want to say also, that in the western zone of SSANU, we have concrete evidence that the letters have been given to members of staff schools in the University of Ilorin and also the Federal University of Technology, Akure, whcih actually is the first to distribute the letters of disengagement our members in the staff schools and with effect from 1st January, 2016.

Members of your union have expressed divergent views over the regularity in the payment of salaries. What is the position of SSANU, Western zone ?

It is common knowledge that the payment of salaries of staff in the university system, particularly federal universities has not been regular in the news dispensation. Before the advent of this government, in the University of Ibadan, the administration of Professor Isaac Adewole, before he came on board promised that he was going to be paying salaries of staff on or before 25th of the month, and in fairness to truth, he kept that promise for a long time, until recently, and particularly in the new government of change, that we have had and probably due to one reason or the other, which we cannot really explain, the salaries have not been regular. At least, salaries for November was received around the 10th of December, which caused a lot of hardship for staff, particularly the members of SSANU,who are not used to lateness in receiving their salaries.

No Govt. In Place In Oyo Since May-Non Academic Staff

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The Non Academic Staff in the Oyo state public service have blamed the absence of a concrete structure for governance in the state, for the instability been experienced in all sectors.

The workers made this known through the Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union(NASU), Schools and Colleges, Oyo state branch, Comrade Olusegun Adeleye, in a chat with Federationews2day.

”The Government is not stable, there has not been any government in Oyo state since May, we only have the Governor and his Deputy, we don’t have a government. Since we don’t have a government, there is nothing we can ask from the government. All our requests, we are still expecting”, Comrade Adeleye.

He stressed that workers’ performances could be enhanced, if government made prompt payment of workers’ salaries a priority.

”There is nothing we can do without money, if the government pays salaries, we will do better. We received our salaries last, in August, we are yet to receive Septembers, October and today is 17 November and we are working towards the Christmas, there is no hope”, he concluded.

Unemployment and The Crises of Governance : The Nigerian Story By Solomon Adewunmi

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Even though a sizable number of ”pressmen” as government officials always say, are on the payroll of the ruling party in Nigeria today, that does not distract professionally resolute Journalists from outlining the chamelionic nature of governance.

Failure is a recurrent feature, when the people’s voices are ignored and the imposition of the desires of a few occupys the front page.

Politicians have over the years groomed army of youths to promote their interests. Majority of these youths do not necessarily possess the basic qualification-Senior Secondary School Certificate(SSCE) to make any meaningful impact in life.

To fill the vacuum, politicians console these category of youths with limitless supply of outlawed substances and alcohol, so long as the youths do their bidding.

The unemployment rate in Nigeria is at an all time high, with unemployable graduates constituting  a significant number of the unemployed.

Of worry is the fact that most Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions of learning are ill equipped and have on their pay rolls, poorly motivated manpower to impart the required knowledge.  State Governments now employ graduates to positions originally meant for unskilled labour, as political patronage and nepotism determines who gets what.

Professionalism no longer  exists in the civil service of most states, as workers continue to redefine their positions to reflect the survival of the fittest ideology currently in vogue.

It is on record and it is already a reference point that the All Progressives Congress(APC), the ruling party had its first progressive governance lecture series on 24 February, 2014, in Ibadan, Nigeria.

At the lecture series, Ayo Teriba, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Associates, delivered a lecture titled ”NIGERIA’s HIGH GROWTH-HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT PARADOX”.

Treiba had said, ”As Nigeria’s growth surged in the past one and a half decades, unemployment rate has increased three fold. Elected officials have been unable to translate growth to increased employment, largely because they have left the task of fiscal and monetary policy management growth, constrained domestic demand and worsened the employment rate.  To make democratic governance a tool for delivering economic tangible and enduring economic benefits in the future, Nigeria needs to make monthly employment data available before the end of each month, fix rail transportation, rethink fiscal policy, refocus monetary policy and ensure that elected officials accept responsibility for policy formulation and coordination”.

However,  the future is here and it is doubtful if Teriba’s recommendation are being followed.

Interestingly, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo state and Chairman, Progressives Governors Forum has lamented ”the current unemployment situation in Nigeria is unacceptable and is a danger to the social, economic and political stability of Nigeria. It also impacts negatively on our ambitions as a country, afterall, how can Nigeria, with over 20 million youths who have no jobs and millions of others wasting away claim that we want to be a major  power in the comity of  nations ?
That claim would be laughable if not tragic-tragic because we come across as refusing to empower the youths on whose shoulders will rest the task of taking Nigeria to the next level. We can no longer remain insensitive to issues around unemployment and crises of governance in Nigeria”.

Will the Presidnet Muhammadu Buhari led administration reverse the current trend of economic and other sectoral challenges ? Nigerians are already taking note and stock of the activities of the present administration for future reference.

In Nigeria The People Still Expect the Desired Change By Solomon Adewunmi

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The socio-economic fortunes of Nigeria continues the downward slide, despite the present administration’s repeated assurances that it would take steps to plug all visible and invisible leakages.

Truly, the bail out initiative of the Federal Government has gone a long way in enabling state governments to clear the backlog of salary arrears owed workers, however, governance has become epileptic in most states, as the states grapple with paucity of funds.

In the private sector, companies are having a field day exploiting helpless workers, who have no alternative, but to cope with their employers’ slave labour tendencies.

Some states have abolished free education, as infrastructure in schools deteriorate daily, with children increasingly developing dislike for education.

Interestingly, concerned Nigerians are already promoting devaluation of the Naira, as a way to accommodate the economic reality of the present times.

The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) has ceaselessly lamented the ”unfair treatment of Nigerian workers” and the unrealistic minimum wage that has made workers ”to live in penury and suffer untold hardships”.

”On average virtually all aspect of Nigeria’s infrastructure are in deplorable condition. The country is characterized by bad road networks, constant power outage, lack of security, inadequate water supply, unacceptable health facilities and declining education system, failing communication networks and unstable economic growth”, the NLC noted.

Nigerians drift from one day to the other, unsure of what lies ahead.

For the Democratic Socialist Movement, President Muhammadu Buhari ”was voted to power, because he is seen not to be corrupt like other pro-capitalist politicians and that he would fight corruption.

”The overwhelming mass of the people have the mistaken belief, that corruption is the sole reason for Nigeria’s lack of infrastructure or development, with its attendant backwardness. The reality is that, we are where we are, because the capitalist system engenders massive exploitation, lack of transparency, secrecy in management of funds and monstrous bureaucracy and these are what makes corruption to thrive. But fundamentally, the lack of Democracy in the management of public funds sustains corruption, as a tiny clique of privileged capitalist politicians and bureaucrats loot big, leaving many in constant state of want, misery and poverty”, the Movement stated.

Indeed, gloomy faces of the people, abandoned projects and elusive government officials characterize a sizable number of states in the Federal Republic, as officials express impotent hopes of better days ahead.

Unemployment and The Crises of Governance : The Nigerian Story

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Even though a sizable number of ”pressmen” as government officials always say, are on the payroll of the ruling party in Nigeria today, that does not distract professionally resolute Journalists from outlining the chamelionic nature of governance.

Failure is a recurrent feature, when the people’s voices are ignored and the imposition of the desires of a few occupys the front page.

Politicians have over the years groomed army of youths to promote their interests. Majority of these youths do not necessarily possess the basic qualification-Senior Secondary School Certificate(SSCE) to make any meaningful impact in life.

To fill the vacuum, politicians console these category of youths with limitless supply of outlawed substances and alcohol, so long as the youths do their bidding.

The unemployment rate in Nigeria is at an all time high, with unemployable graduates constituting  a significant number of the unemployed.

Of worry is the fact that most Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions of learning are ill equipped and have on their pay rolls, poorly motivated manpower to impart the required knowledge.  State Governments now employ graduates to positions originally meant for unskilled labour, as political patronage and nepotism determines who gets what.

Professionalism no longer  exists in the civil service of most states, as workers continue to redefine their positions to reflect the survival of the fittest ideology currently in vogue.

It is on record and it is already a reference point that the All Progressives Congress(APC), the ruling party had its first progressive governance lecture series on 24 February, 2014, in Ibadan, Nigeria.

At the lecture series, Ayo Teriba, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Associates, delivered a lecture titled ”NIGERIA’s HIGH GROWTH-HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT PARADOX”.

Treiba had said, ”As Nigeria’s growth surged in the past one and a half decades, unemployment rate has increased three fold. Elected officials have been unable to translate growth to increased employment, largely because they have left the task of fiscal and monetary policy management growth, constrained domestic demand and worsened the employment rate.  To make democratic governance a tool for delivering economic tangible and enduring economic benefits in the future, Nigeria needs to make monthly employment data available before the end of each month, fix rail transportation, rethink fiscal policy, refocus monetary policy and ensure that elected officials accept responsibility for policy formulation and coordination”.

However,  the future is here and it is doubtful if Teriba’s recommendation are being followed.

Interestingly, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo state and Chairman, Progressives Governors Forum has lamented ”the current unemployment situation in Nigeria is unacceptable and is a danger to the social, economic and political stability of Nigeria. It also impacts negatively on our ambitions as a country, afterall, how can Nigeria, with over 20 million youths who have no jobs and millions of others wasting away claim that we want to be a major  power in the comity of  nations ?
That claim would be laughable if not tragic-tragic because we come across as refusing to empower the youths on whose shoulders will rest the task of taking Nigeria to the next level. We can no longer remain insensitive to issues around unemployment and crises of governance in Nigeria”.

Will the Presidnet Muhammadu Buhari led administration reverse the current trend of economic and other sectoral challenges ? Nigerians are already taking note and stock of the activities of the present administration for future reference.