By Bode Olushegun
Borno State government has disclosed that its Job portal established for sourcing employment opportunities for indigenes of the state has received 70,000 applications so far.
The State’s Commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation, Engr. Babagana Mustapha, made the disclosure on Sunday in Maiduguri during a press briefing.
He said of the 70,000 applicants, more than 300 have been recommended for different job opportunities.
Mustapha said the job portal, created early this year, would register on continuous basis unemployed youths in the state.
He noted that the repository would enable planning and propel the training/orientation in order to improve the skills of the people and set career trajectory for Borno Young talents.
The Commissioner said: “Evidence based information derivable in the skill acquisition process and comprehensive process goals include: – skill needed, can these skills be incorporated into the skillsets of the current employees, what skills are needed the most and merging the skill with the Skill needed.
“The platform will be readily available at any time for our clients to access. We can as well provide information for our stakeholders’ i.e. potential employers and other data users.”
He said Zulum’s Government was providing meaningful training opportunities for basic vocational/technical education as a result of the insurgency through the renovation of the existing Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) /Technical Collages (TCs), constructing new VTCs/TCs and establishment of Vocational Enterprise Institutions (VEI) in each of the three senatorial zones.
The Commissioner said in view of the foregoing, the Governor constructed a new Vocational Enterprise Institution in Muna, Jere and two currently under construction at different stages in Magumeri and Mafa Local Government areas.
“The Vocational Enterprise Institution Muna has 14 trades with capacity of 700 trainees and boarding facilities (6 blocks of hostels, each block has 32 rooms).
“Zulum also completed the construction of community vocational training Centre in Marama, Hawul.
” The Vocational Enterprise Institutions will provide training for dropout/out of school persons wishing to go into self-employment, school leavers wishing to acquire practical skill to secure employment and adult seeking for skill or opportunities to re-skill themselves.
“The VEI will run three year modular programmes, where each year of study could be terminal and shall have cogent and flexible structure and content that will equip the trainee with a practical working skill and possibility to exit at that level,” Mustapha said.
He said the ministry embarked on the optimization of the management of the streetlight network and grid connection of nine sub-stations namely; Borno Express, West End, Mairi, New GRA, Gongulon, Polo Junction, Open air-theatre, Lagos street and MMC sub-stations.
He added, “others are installation of All in One solar systems in Hausari, Fezan, Shehuri North, Shehuri South, Musa Usman Secretariat, 707 Housing Estate, House of Assembly Complex, Umoru Shehu Ultra-Modern Hospital and New NYSC orientation Complex.
” Due to the rampant cases of kidney failure in the state Zulum directed the Ministry to put a call for research inviting researchers with track records to examine the principal causes of the kidney failure.”
In preparation of e-commence, he said the new GSM Market was connected to the wireless network and Monday Market traders are in the process of profiling.
” Similarly in preparation for e-govt the Ministry developed training manuals in digital skills. Installation of solar inverter systems in 777 Housing Estate Maternity Hospital, Moromti PHC, Baga road PHC and Pulka PHC, while installation of solar inverter is on-going in Walama PHC and Kwajafa PHC,” the Commissioner further said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Alhaji Yarima Kareto said six mega filling stations would be established across the state to make the dispensing of petroleum products easy.
The Commissioner also disclosed that moribund industries would be reactivated by the administration.
He disclosed that budgetary allocations for the rehabilitation of some of the moribund industries were going to be in next year’s budget.