OKPUALANGWA ISIALANGWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, ABIA STATE
The Abia State Education for Employment (E4E) programme was one of the first things the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu embarked upon on resumption of office in 2015. He invested in the establishment of Abia E4E despite huge budgetary constraints because of his earnest desire to build the human resource capital of Abia State to ensure lasting development and improved quality of life of all Abians especially our youths.
Abia E4E has gained both national and international acceptance and is now attracting financial support from individuals, organisations and international development partners especially the World Bank assisted Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).
There are many training programmes across the country that do not fully translate to employment. There are many graduates from these programmes that have lost the skills they gained because they were not gainfully employed within 6 months of graduation.
The E4E programme envisioned this and set up www.jobse4e.com portal – a job creation website that is complementing our existing Labour Market Information System (LMIS) which contains a database of 36,000 Abia youths from 17 LGAs profiled according various demographics especially areas of interest. It also has information of 2,000 members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) that will provide placements/employments for E4E trainees. The jobse4e.com portal will hold information of all our graduates as well as other skilled people in the respective Local Government Areas (LGAs) and match them with local and national jobs including contracts for the self-employed.
To drive this home in the rural areas of the State, there was a need for a physical presence in each of the LGAs where the youths can access information on a daily basis and maximise their opportunities.
Dangote Industries Limited generously donated the sum of N18,500,000.00 to construct the first JOB CENTRE in Abia State that is now being established at Okpualangwa, the headquarters of Isialangwa North Local Government area. We look forward to establishing other JOB CENTRES in the remaining 16 LGAs. We hope that other individuals and organisations will support our Governor to achieve this goal.
The Abia E4E model is being complimented by Federal Government National Social Investment Programmes including N-Power. Graduates from these training programmes can access the JOB CENTRES and be supported to be gainfully employed.
The functions of the DANGOTE-JOB CENTRE include;
- Providing continuous updates of the data of unemployed youths and other relevant demographics
- Supporting job seekers to access our JOB PORTAL and other recruitment systems/funding opportunities for entrepreneurs
- Preparing and supporting youths for job interviews and/or presentation of proposals for contracts
- Disseminating State, National and International job opportunities
- Upskilling of LGA employees by offering in-house ICT training programmes
- Serving as mini E-Library (linking with State E-Library) for various schools in the LGAs with no access to ICT
We appreciate the inputs from various line ministries especially, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youths and Ministry of Finance. We look forward to the participation of other Ministries, Department and Agencies as we seek to better the lot of our people.
We thank our Governor for offering to engage 170 graduates (10 per LGA) from the 500 recently trained on ‘ ICT for Practioners’ course. They will be useful in delivering services at these JOB CENTRES.
We thank the Chairman of Isialangwa North LGA for hosting this project and look forward to working with the Chairmen of the remaining 16 LGAs to actualize this vision in their respective communities.
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