By Funmi Komolafe
THEÂ National Directorate of EmploymentÂ (NDE) and a private firm, Logine International Limited, have set up a joint committee to work out a frame-work that would lead to the establishment of Information and Communications centersÂ across the country with the aim ofÂ Â generatingÂ employment through skills acquisition.
The Director-General ofÂ NDEÂ , Mallam Abubakar Mohammed who metÂ met with a delegationÂ fromÂ the private firm headed by Mr. Juliam MadubuikeÂ in Abuja, saidÂ when established, the centre wouldÂ serve as trainingÂ centers for Nigerians who are desirousÂ of acquiring skills in area of ICT .
He said the trainees and the trainers are to be drawn from the host communities in order to enhance participation and possibly check the rural to urban migration of youths.
According Mallam Mohammed said, â€œthe Directorate is prepared to collaborate with groups and individuals who can offer ideas and policies that would generate mass employment. AsÂ skills acquisition remains the core thrust ofÂ job generation programme of the NDE, the Directorateâ€™s existing collaboration with various stakeholders was yielding good results across the various states and communities.
The proposed centers will serve as veritable outlets for the training of unskilled young Nigerians in basic ICT skills. The centers will also provide a vital link between job seekers and employers as well as establishing a rural-based ICT interface between rural dwellers and the rest of the world with a view to promoting healthy economic activities. Among other benefits, the project is expected to reduce rural to urban migration and lay the necessary foundation for an effective national ICT utilization drive. â€
ASSBIFI warns against political promotion in banks
THE Association of Senior Staff of Bank, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), has raised alarm over increasing politically motivated promotion instead of merit in the nationâ€™s banks and called on regulatory agencies to put a stop of the menace to save the banking sector.
In a communique at end of workshop in Accra, Ghana,by both the Acting President and Senior Assistant General Secretary of ASSBIFI, Comrades S.O. Salako and F.A. Inegbedion, the association said: â€œ The seminar observed with serious concern managementsâ€™ arbitrary use of promotion exercise as political patronage to the children of their political affiliations to the detriment of merit, hard work and diligence.
A situation where a junior worker is suddenly elevated to the rank of senior manager without any verifiable commensurate qualification, hard work and steadfastness would no longer be accepted.Â The seminar therefore called on the managements of all our organizations to evolve promotional policies where promotion would follow all known procedures and due processes.â€
NUPENG warri zone elects officers, Lagosâ€™ election hold July 9
MEMBERS of the Warri Zone of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), have elected new officers to lead to zone for the next for years. In the delegates conference that took place on June 24, in Warri, Delta state, Comrade Edmond Efude was elected Chairman to lead the new executive.
Meanwhile, the Lagos zone will in the same vein elect officers to run the affairs of the zone for the next four years.
The election, Labour Vanguard gathered holds in Shagamu, Ogun state, and incumbent zonal Secretary , Comrade Tokunbo Korodo is said to be a leading contender to the post of Chairman
MINILS holds workshop for PENGASSANâ€™s women
THE Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour StudiesÂ (MINILS), Ilorin, Kwara state in collaboration with the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) is organising a two-day workshopÂ on â€œ Capacity BuildingÂ for Women in Leadership Positions, Issues and Challengesâ€ for the associationâ€™s women.
The workshop is scheduled to hold between Wednesday, July1 and Thursday 2,Â 2009,Â at the SGFâ€™s Conference Hall,Â Federal Secretariat, Abuja.
According to a statement from the MINILS, â€œthe workshop which is expected to galvanize their interest in full participation in union activities,Â not only in leadership but decision making process in the respective unions and organizations, is also designed to strengthen the leadership capacity of PENGASSANÂ Women in leadership positions so that they can utilize the strategies for influencing their members and perform their leadership roles.â€