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Federal Govt Moves To Create 774 Job Centres In LGAs

The federal government is working to create more job centres in each of the 774 local government areas to enhance Labour Market Information System.

The move is in addition to the already existing 16 job centres and will be used to improve job matching for job seekers, using electronic job exchange to address the country’s worrisome state of unemployment.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Kachollom Daju, who disclosed this to journalists in Abuja at the weekend, said that the federal government’s pledge of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 was achievable.

She expressed optimism that through multi-sectoral approach and private sector partnership, the government efforts to surmount the challenges of unemployment and address poverty will yield more results.

The permanent secretary maintained that several government’s poverty alleviating programmes across ministries and MDAs will create more jobs and give citizens what they are deserving of.

Daju said, “The federal government’s policy to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is real, with the new national development plan 2021-2025, there are many thematic areas, it is not just Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, it’s multi-sectoral as different sectors will come together to ensure that this is achieved.

“I know that the private sector is going to play key role in achieving this, so we’ll work together and for Ministry of Labour, we have different agencies and departments that have to do with employment skills, the established Labour Market Information System is to ensure that data is collected and alongside we’re actually going to improve on job matching on Nigeria electronic job exchange for job seekers.

“We are actually constructing more job centres across the nation as we have around 16 now and we are going to ensure that the 36 states and Abuja, all have jobs centres not only in the city centres but also in 774 local governments, that is part of how government is helping.

“The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has also worked to ensure that the informal sector is skilled. They have different schemes cut-across board where unemployment can be reduced for women and matured people who are trained in various different vocational skillsacross the country,” she added.

She also stated that the NDE has been working to include artisans on the National Health Insurance Policy to enable them take care of themselves and their families.

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