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Job Creation: Osun State Sets To Unveil Job Centre

Posted: Jul 28, 2016 at 6:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

In a bid to address the employability skill gap associated with  job seekers, the Osun State government has established the ‘Osun job Center’ to provide training that would help reduce unemployment in the state.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, the Lead Consultant, Osun Job Centre, Ms. Mobolaji Akande,  said one of the aims of the initiative was to empower job seekers with employability skills in the areas of effective interview techniques, Curriculum Vitae writing and Information and Communication Technology skills.

She said: “The center which will be launched on the 9th of August by the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola targets Osun Citizens and residents. The training that would be provided have no age bracket or exception and at no cost to the job seeker.

“the agency is not a job creation center, but a job service support agency which would provide employability skills training in Curriculum vitae (CV) writing, Interview skills and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills and dress code”.

She added that the center would time to time carryout career counseling days in schools to avoid having people who  graduate with qualification in areas they no passion about.

Akande, who was the former Commissioner for Human Resources and Capacity building in the state, said the programme aspired to change the perception of job seekers that there were no jobs in the country by matching their skills set with job opportunities.

According to her, it is common for job seekers to apply for jobs which they don’t have skills set for and employers complaining that Nigerian graduates are unemployable.

This wrong perception, according to her, will be addressed through career counselling, adding that the centre will also assist the underemployed to move up their career ladder.

She said, “Career counselling plays a vital role in the education sector. Graduates are lacking in the knowledge they should have acquired before graduating. We will be giving seminars and, bringing in experts from different sectors of the economy to counsel those who wish to pursue a career in a particular field, so that they can be better informed.

“It is part of the six integral plan of the Osun State Government to reduce unemployment and create jobs. We want to prepare graduates for white collar jobs.”

To verify the authenticity of the qualifications of job seekers, Akande said their certificates would be verified as well as the identity of employers.


Bamidele Ogunwusi,