Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Labour ministry alerts Nigerians to online recruitment scam


Nigeria’s Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has alerted Nigerians to a recruitment scam online calling for jobless youths to submit their curriculum vitae for job placements.

The publications had stated that graduates with qualifications ranging from secondary school certificates to Bachelor’s degrees across the country should submit their curriculum vitae to Federal Government secretariats before January 7, 2016.

Many unemployed Nigerians on Monday thronged the federal secretariats in state capitals to submit their CVs, with the belief that the initiative was aimed at reducing the high unemployment rate in the country.

However, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, warned Nigerian youths not to fall prey to online publications requesting them to submit applications for employment at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment headquarters and zonal offices nationwide.

The minister, in a statement signed by the ministry’s Deputy Director, Press, Samuel Olowookere, advised the general public to disregard the false directive, saying that it did not emanate from the Federal Government through the ministry.

According to him, the graduate teachers conversion programme, graduate internship scheme, vocational skills acquisition and conditional cash transfer, among others, are programmes being planned by the ministry for the benefit of the populace.

Ngige said Nigerians would be formally informed whenever such programmes were ready to be rolled out.

He said, “In view of the apprehension that the above false information has generated, it is pertinent to point out that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the creation of decent employment opportunities for teeming unemployed Nigerians and has perfected plans for massive job creation through well-thought-out programmes such as the Graduate Teachers’ Conversion Programme, Graduate Internship Scheme, Vocational Skills Acquisition and Upgrading and Conditional Cash Transfer for the vulnerable persons, including market women.

“The public is hereby warned to disregard the said online publications as any person who does otherwise does so at his or her own risk, especially when some of the websites have been requesting applicants to pay what they dubbed application fees.”

Source: Punch

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