Efforts to seamlessly tackle employment and employability issue in Nigeria have been placed on top gear as Gr8Jobsng, a recruitment and HR platform in Nigeria, engages youth on employability and job hunting.
This was the outcome of a recent conference held in Lagos on Monday with the theme ‘Project Employ.’ The Gr8Jobsng platform, launched in 2016, has been keen on solving employment issue facing Nigeria, connecting job seekers to employers.
Omo Odike, managing director of Gr8Jobng and U Connect, says the event is one of the initiatives Gr8Jobsng has for improving employment and employability in Nigeria, saying the platform is keen on educating youth on the right skills to possess to be employable.
“Gr8Jobsng has taken a proactive step as a private company to actually rescind the employment as well as the employability issue in the front burner of the society and by doing this event, which is a career endorsement, we are not only teaching all the job seekers the skill that is required to actually get a job but going a step further to actually interview them for actual jobs as 20 percent of the attendees will get a job from this process,” Odike says.
She notes that the issue with unemployment in Nigeria is self-inflicted by both the government and citizenry. “If the country has a system that works, an economy that is purpose driven, then there will be opportunities for people to explore. Also the skill level of our school curriculum is really bad, and we are still working with an archaic curriculum that was developed twenty years ago which cannot solve current advanced problems,” she concludes.
Speakers at conference however emphasises the need for millennia to engage in pension scheme, as it is a better way to plan for the future.
Mabel Jorge, the vice president in charge of business development for Sigma Pensions, highlights that pension scheme is a viable instrument for attaining a sustainable income flow after retirement.
She also points out that individuals who are not in the organised private sector can engage in pension schemes, as a guideline for micro pension released by the National Pension Commission to aid small scale business owners partake in pension schemes.