Ogun State government declares that the access to the recently launched Job Portal, (jobs.ogunstate.gov.ng) will be free for applicants, companies and partners.
Investigations by Nigeria Meter however revealed conflicting information on whether companies patronising the Job Portal will pay for the service.
The Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section of the portal indicated that registration on the Job Portal will be free for candidates and companies.
Though, there was no mention of the specific amount to be paid by the companies that use the Job Portal service, there is a penalty fee of $50 (approximately N20,000) for failure to pay the unstipulated amount as at when due.
It is not yet clear whether this clause will discourage the prospective companies and partners from fully patronising the service of the government geared towards addressing the high rate of unemployment in the State.
People generally are not used to reading such documents when entering into contractual agreement especially for online transactions.
“Users of the site are asked to read the terms of business carefully before committing and creating a legally binding contract.”, as stated in the second paragraph of the new terms
Nigeria Meter engagement with the Job Portal indicated that applicants are not restricted in providing their data on the website.
Going by the previous “Terms”, there is no certainty whether companies and partners will enjoy similar benefit.
Nigeria Meter sought clarifications from the Special Adviser to the governor on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Mr Lekan Olude who is in charge of the job portal.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Kunle Somorin defined the job description of Mr Olude:
“Governor Dapo Abiodun has appointed Mr Lekan Olude, a co-founder of Jobberman, as his Special Adviser on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment to coordinate activities and policies on Job creation and facilitate linkage with employers and multilateral development agencies.”
Below is the message sent by Nigeria Meter to Mr Olude:
“Good morning sir. My name is Jamiu Folarin. I am the promoter of Nigeria Meter. It is special online media platform dedicated to documenting promises of public officials and monitoring their fulfilments. (www.nigeriameter.com).
Using its CCC approach (Conceived, Commenced, Completed), Nigeria Meter is working on the promise made by Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on job creation and youth empowerment.
We therefore require the following clarifications :
1. The Ogun State government said 25,000 applicants registered on the portal after five days it was launched, can we have the numbers of partners and companies that have registered on the Ogun Job Portal?
2. We are made to understand that registration is free for candidates and companies using the portal, can you reconcile this with the unspecified service charge and $50 fine for late payment for companies who will be using the service of the Portal, as contained in the “Term of Use”.
I will be looking forward to your response sir.”
As at the time of writing this report, Mr Olude is yet to respond to the questions posed by Nigeria Meter through the message sent to him on the 26th August, 2019.
Nigeria Meter also observed that the job portal is now under the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports which now has copyright to the website.
The copyright earlier indicated on the portal is “OGUN STATE JOBS PORTAL” before the latest changes.
There is no statement indicating that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports will coordinate the activities of the job portal.
Governor Abiodun is yet to appoint Commissioners to coordinate the activities of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Nigeria Meter also observed that the Job Portal has been redesigned with notable changes in the entire architecture of the website.
The home page now has sections for “Individuals”, “Companies”, and “Partners”, with brief explanation of the focus of each section.
The handlers of the Job Portal have also include “Contact Admin.”, where users are expected to make suggestions and seek technical support.
It further added circumstances where the State government will reject or remove vacancies.
“The Ogun Job Portal reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to refuse to register a vacancy or withdraw a vacancy at any time without reason. Examples of vacancies that may be removed include (but are not limited to) the following:
Vacancies The Ogun Job Portal considers illegal, inappropriate or fraudulent.
Vacancies which directly or indirectly require or ask for application or registration fees.
Vacancies which advertise franchise, pyramid, network marketing or “get-rich-quick” schemes.”
The redesigned Job Portal also scroll “IMPORTANT NOTICE” on the dashboard.
“Please ensure you answer all questions correctly as all information will be verified.”
Meanwhile, companies and partners have started advertising vacancies and opportunities on the Job Portal.
The Job Portal was launched on the 15th August, 2019 by governor Dapo Abiodun as part of his administration commitment to create jobs and empower the youth in Ogun State.
Nigeria Meter had reported that five days after the launch of the portal, the government claimed registration of 25,000 applicants but companies and partners had no presence on the portal as at 22nd August, 2019.
When Nigeria Meter accessed the portal on 29th August 2019, four companies and partners have registered – advertising vacancies and opportunities for 14,720 applicants.
Going by the available data, 59 percent of the 25,000 applicants are expected to be employed, trained and empowered if they meet up with the criteria laid down by the companies and partners.
The only company that advertised vacancies on the Job Portal is H & C Consulting Outsourcing Company which requested for 20 Direct Sales Executive.
The vacancies according to the job details on the website indicated that it is a contract job dealing with financial/bank services and will close on 30 August, 2019.
There are also proposals and promises on the website for “Empowerment Programme” on Digital Marketing Training for 4,500 applicants and another Tech Hub Digital Training for 200 applicants.
Another partner on the Job Portal is the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that is expected to provide loans to 10,000 farmers through the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Ogun State government.
It would be recalled that governor Dapo Abiodun recently inaugurated the steering committee on Anchor Borrowers Programme and also met with captains of industry as part of effort to make the State “Industry Hub” and match the unemployed people captured in its Job Portal database with available job opportunities.
The governor however is yet to fulfill his promise of sending a Local Content Bill to the State House of Assembly.
“To ensure that the citizens and residents of the states are not short-changed ‘we will send a Local Content Bill to the Legislature, such that investors will first look inward to availability of workers in Ogun State and make our youths their primary catchment area when they site their companies here’.”
Similarly, Nigeria Meter has documented the assurance of the governor to institute Employment Trust Fund and establish the Ogun State Enterprise Development Agency.
Governor Abiodun make these promises explicit during his inauguration on May 29, 2019:
“Establishment of Employment Trust Fund that will focus on providing entrepreneurship training, skills acquisition and access to seed funds to the trained applicants to start business.”
“Establishment of Ogun State Enterprise Development Agency that will facilitate the development of Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to enhance their capacity, through Business Development Services, Access to Market, Access to Fund and similar services.”
Nigeria Meter will keep our esteemed audience updated as the governor Dapo Abiodun administration take steps to fulfil his promises.
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ANCHOR BORROWERS PROGRAM TO ATTRACT SINGLE DIGIT LOAN, PROVIDE INPUTS, SERVICE SUPPORT – ABIODUN
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that the Ogun State Anchor Borrowers Program will provide inputs, service support and training required for farmers through a single digit loan and a guaranteed off taker, adding that his administration is fully committed to providing an environment that would ensure a better life for the people of the state.
Prince Abiodun who made this known in his office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, at the inauguration of a steering committee to oversee the Ogun State Anchor Borrowers Program, said that the state government under his leadership is committed to the development of all sectors of the state economy, adding that the state government appreciates the immense potentials of the agricultural sector.
Abiodun noted that the target of his administration was to produce enough food to attain self sufficiency in food security, adding that providence had blessed the state with favorable climate, fertile soil that sits on over 16,000 square meters, of which 80% is arable.
” The target of our administration is to produce enough food to attain self sufficiency in food security in the short term and over the long term, produce enough food for other states and for export.
” Providence have blessed us with favorable climate and fertile soil for agriculture, we sit on a land mass that is over 16,000 Sqm, 80% of which is arable, that is we have over 12,800 Sqm of arable land,” he said.
The helmsman who further noted that government and the people should come together to chart a way forward for the development of agriculture in the state, added that it was disheartening to note that the state had never accessed the Central Bank anchor borrowers program.
” While we have seen the success of the anchor borrowers scheme in other states, it is disheartening that Ogun State has never accessed the CBN anchor borrowers program through the public window,” he said.
He opined that the inauguration of the committee was a practical demonstration of his administrations commitment towards the development of the agricultural sector in the state, adding that the program would be targeting over 40,000 farmers, of which 10,000 would be attended to in the first instance.
” This program, we are targeting the empowerment of over 40,000 farmers, we are going to be starting in the first instance with an initial 10,000 farmers to which we are going to allocate 10,000 hectares of land to them,” he said.
The terms of reference for the steering committee are, to play a supervising role in the implementation of the Ogun State Anchor Borrowers Scheme, design overarching methodology for the implementation of the anchor program in Ogun, communicate decisions taken on the project to the governor and other stakeholders, coordinate all relevant stakeholders, set up and supervision of project management teams and local government committees, review of submitted cost of production/ economics of production for all value chains, approve identified input supplies and identify, negotiate with and enter into agreement with credible anchors.
Other terms of reference are to supervise coordination and the monitoring of the project, ensure timely distribution of funds and inputs, ensure timely payment by anchor, ensure repayment of all loans, escalate issues that cannot be resolved by the committee and ensure program is developed,delivered and implemented as scheduled and within scope.
The committee has Prof. Adebola Okuneye as chairman, other members are, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, Dr. Angel Kuye, Hon. Abiodun Niyi, Mrs. Taiwo Ayansanwo, Prince Segun Dasaolu, Mr. Okanlawon Suraj, Mrs. Oyinlola Oyenuga, Mr. David Olawale, Mr. Kayode Abiodun, Mrs. Oluyemi Kuforiji, Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Oyewole, Mr. Ejalonibu Adebayo, Chief. Abdulazeez Abolore, prof. Lateef Sanni, Alhaji Bakai Okedara, while Mrs. Taiwo Ayansanwo will serve as secretary.
In his response, the chairman of the Ogun State Anchor Borrowers Program Steering Committee, Prof. Adebola Okuneye, appreciated the governor for placing on their hands a major task of repositioning the agricultural sector and steering the states anchor borrowers program, promising that the job as members of the committee would be done diligently.
In their responses, the chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria(AFAN) Ogun State Chapter, Mr. Segun Dasaolu, Baale Agbe of Imekoland, Chief. Abdulazeez Ismail, Managing Director, OKB AgroServices, Alhaji Bakai Okedara and the Chairman, Fishfarmers Association, Ogun State and Ejalonibu Corporative, Mr. Adebayo Adeogun, appreciated the gesture of the state government to begin a revolution in the agricultural sector, noting that they would justify their selection as members of the committee, by being dutiful.
OGUN JOB PORTAL HITS 25, 000 MARK
Over 25,000 unemployed persons have registered with the Ogun State Government Job Portal opened last Thursday.
Already, the State Government has started analysing the profiles and would very in a couple of weeks start matching those on the database and linking them with prospective employers.
“A whopping 24,815 had registered as at this afternoon”, Mr Mr Lekan Olude, Special Adviser to Governor Dapo, said on Monday.
He noted that following calls by a cross section of the state that the jobs portal was malfunctioning, the Governor ordered that all glitches be cleared.
“I can confirm to you that the portal works seamlessly now and in spite of the pressure and number of applicants, registration goes on on a minute-by-minute basis.”
“The diversity of applications received is also overwhelming. They cut across careers, ages and ethnic backgrounds. People have applied from all over the country and beyond,” Olude added.
He said that the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun is a man of vision, who would not settle for anything less than quality, adding that the governor decided to officially launch the portal alongside the Vice President because of the premium placed on youth employment and human capital development.
Mr. Olude enjoined those who had issues registering earlier to go back online and complete their applications. He added that “artisans and craftsmen and women should also know that we expect them to also register as we are planning tons of programmes for their empowerment”.
Olude, a co-founder of Jobberman, Africa’ urged those who are complaining about the site to be patient, and follow the same process which helped the over 25,000 that had registered, saying that government had placed the management of the portal in the hands of very competent professionals who are worthy partners in the building our future together agenda.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun