At least 25,000 persons have registered within the first 24 hours of the commencement of the online registration of unemployed youths in the country by the federal government.
Checks by LEADERSHIP on Friday lend credence to the figure.
The online medium quoted a source within the ministry of Labour and Employment as saying that regardless of what appears to be a relatively slow response to the registration, the government is optimistic that it will be a success.
He said, “This is a new project and like we have emphasised, it gives the country the best opportunity to know exactly not just the numbers of unemployed persons but their areas of studies and the kind of jobs the government will provide”
The source said the government plans to embark on more sensitisation on the needs for unemployed youths to register as it will help the government to make its own plans.
On Monday, the Deputy Director, Information & Public Relations, at the NDE, Edmund Onwuliri, had said the online portal will also serve as a meeting point for job seekers and employers thereby reducing the cumbersome process of recruitment among employers of skilled labour in the private and public sectors.
He said: “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 that will link job seekers and employers.
“There will be a practical demonstration of the workings of the portal at the NDE stand at the ongoing 28th edition of the Enugu International Trade on Thursday”.
He gave the portal’s address as: www.jobsforall.ng.
“The directorate sees this initiative as a bold step toward deepening the effectiveness of its employment creation strategies and a critical input into the process of designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programmes and schemes.”