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FG Releases Details of Special Programme to Employ 774,000 Nigerians

Posted by | July 17, 2020 | News

Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment

Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment – Despite the suspension of the Federal Government Special Public Works Programme by the National Assembly, the Federal Government says the programme has kicked off across the country.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo on Tuesday, inaugurated special committees in all the states of the Federation and the FCT for the selection of applicants for the programme.

The SPW is a post-COVID-19 poverty alleviation programme, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, under which 1,000 persons are to be employed from each of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country. read more

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15,000 NIPOST Workers to Lose Jobs, Threaten Strike

Posted by | July 12, 2020 | News

NIPOST Employees

The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) is to lose nothing less than 15,000 workers due to the recent take over of its primary duty to produce and issue stamp by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).

To this end, the workers have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike; threatening to withdraw their services across the country after a 21-day ultimatum issued on Thursday, July 18, 2020.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), who is the trade union unionising both NIPOST and FIRS workers, said: “the FIRS on 30th June 2020 against any known law produced and launched its owned brand of adhesive stamp thereby hijacking and taking over the function of NIPOST.” read more

Lagos, WAVE Academy Conclude Training Programme for 250 Unemployed Youths

Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, in partnership with West African Vocational Education (WAVE) Academy, has commenced the concluding part of a training programme for 250 unemployed youths on employability skills which began on March 9, 2020, but had to be postponed midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Lagos State.

The Honourable Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, in her address during the concluding session of the 20-day training for unemployed youths, said the programme will further help to bridge the job scarcity gap among the teeming population in the State. read more

The Minister of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has said the Batch A and B N-Power beneficiaries will exit the scheme June 30 and July 31 respectively.

The programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries thus far – 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.

The beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months on the programme but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months.

In a statement, she said the federal government has commenced the transitioning of the Batch A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes. read more

Facebook Launches “My Digital World” to Meet Digital Literacy Needs in Nigeria, Other African Countries
Mark Zuckerberg – Founder, Facebook

Facebook announced the launch of “My Digital World”, a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. My Digital World is a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programs including Safe Online with Facebook, Ilizwe Lam, and eZibo and will be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facebook has over the years trained thousands of people on digital literacy skills and is this year preparing to train close to 20,000 participants across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Ethiopia on safe, responsible and beneficial usage of the digital platforms. read more

Comrade Bio Joy Josiah – National Chairman JOHESU

Workers in the health sector have demanded that they should be included in the task force set up by both the federal and state governments in containing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The health workers also appealed to the government for the inclusion of their members in the implementation of the various economic stimulus measures, interventions and palliatives mentioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast, saying that the inclusion would motivate health professionals and staff. read more

As Labour sets to picket banks, telcos if …

Employers casualising workers without respect for Nigeria’s labour law will henceforth have to face the full wrath of the laws, warned the Federal Government.

Senator Chris Ngige, Minister for Labour and Productivity

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, speaking on the sideline of the ongoing 3 -day Retreat on the Review of the National Labour Bills, which began yesterday in Lagos, condemned the manipulation of workers by the employers under the pretext that there’s no job in the country. He warned that it would no longer be business as usual as the Federal Government would be willing to defend the worker whose employer fails to ratify his or her employment after six months or one year as stipulated by law. read more

From left: Director-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Mr Roberto Suarez; Ngige; NECA President Taiwo Adeniyi; Ms Samuel-Olonjuwon and Executive Director, Federation of Kenya Employers, Jacqueline Mugo.

Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr. Chris Ngige has said the Federal Government is deeply concerned about the alarming unemployment rate on the continent.

He said it is working with African leaders to address the intractable unemployment challenge comprehensively and holistically through well targeted interventions.

Speaking at the sixth Africa Social Partners Summit on Job Creation in Africa, organised by the Nigeria Employers Consultative Council (NECA), at Protea Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Ngige said the government has reviewed the National Employment Policy. He said the review was borne out of the need to come up with additional strategies that would be adopted to further stimulate employment  and raise the labour absorption capacity of the  economy. read more

A Personnel Development and Leadership Coach, Mrs Olusayo Adeleye, says Nigerian graduates need more than book knowledge, to be gainfully employed in the 21st Century.

Adeleye, the Executive Director of Support Toward Advancement, Networking and Development (STAND) Foundation, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Tuesday.

Youth unemployment

Adeleye noted that obsolete educational curriculum made it difficult for Nigerian graduates to meet the demands of the every evolving competitive job market. read more

However, SaharaReporters has now gathered that Hadiza’s employment was facilitated by the new Executive Secretary of PPPRA, Abdulkadir Umar Saidu.

Despite efforts by persons in government to deny the employment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hadiza, into Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, fresh facts have emerged on how the secret recruitment took place.

Earlier in February, some contract staff of the PPPRA raised the alarm that Hadiza had been employed into the agency as deputy manager along with children of other top and highly influential persons in the country. read more