Bayelsa State government will seek employment for unemployed graduates who are indigenes of the state at the end of the ongoing collation of unemployed graduates for the purpose of building data bank.
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson inaugurated the state Collation of Unemployed Graduates Committee last week and his deputy, John Gboribiogha Jonah, Wednesday inaugurated the local government area committees to fast track the exercise.
Inaugurating the local government committees in Government House, Yenagoa, Jonah drew the attention of the public to the unemployment situation in the country.
He also noted the placement of embargo on employment, the reforms of the present administration to determine the exact number of civil servants and the lifting of the embargo.
Jonah who pointed out that the workforce is aging explained that the exercise is also aimed at rationalising and identifying, by proper analysis, the gaps that exist so that they can be filled.
According to him, the data bank will help in identifying those with requisite qualifications for jobs both at the state and federal levels and that the local government committees are to provide comprehensive list of unemployed graduates to feed the state committee.
The committees, which are made up of senatorial commissioners, governor’s representatives, acting local government council chairmen and other stakeholders have two weeks to submit their reports.
Responding on behalf of the chairmen and members of the committees, Kia Nigeria, Commissioner for Special Duties (Central) promised to deliver good results while stressing that only graduates will be on the list.
Later in an interview with journalists, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite stated that since Governor Dickson lifted the embargo on employment late last year, there is need to build a data base of unemployed graduates.
Obuebite assured that the state government will see what sectors the unemployed graduates will fit into and seek employment for them saying “What Bayelsans are looking for is now at their doorsteps.”