In a development perceived long overdue,the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), on Tuesday pronounced its readiness to start online registration for millions of unemployed Nigerians from Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Its Deputy Director, Information and Public Relations, NDE, Edmund Onwuliri, announced the development in a statement addressed to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Onwuliri said the exercise would enable the directorate to serve as a clearing house linking job seekers with existing vacancies in government agencies and the private sector.
The deputy director, who said the registration was aimed at collecting up to date data of unemployed Nigerians, stressed said the registration was in compliance with NDE’s mandate to obtain and maintain a data bank on unemployment and vacancies in the country.
“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,”he said
The Guild writes that it is on record that Nigeria’s rising youth unemployment is now a major source of worry with the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Lagos Business School saying the country sits on a ‘time bomb.’
But government said the situation is under control and efforts to curb joblessness would pay off this year.
The country’s unemployment rate rose from 13.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2016 to 13.9 per cent in third quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics’ Unemployment/Under-employment Report released in October last year.
Accordingly, the rising rate of unemployment would enlarge existing risk of insecurity and militancy in major parts of the country and undermine government’s efforts at fighting insurgency in Northeast, uprisings in Southeast and other serious crimes in other parts of the country.