CIPM set to hold yearly conference on job creation

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) has concluded plans to hold it yearly meeting in a bid to devise new thinking for a strategic approach to job creation in the country.

The conference, tagged, “People, Potentials, Possibilities”, the 48th in the series, is slated to hold from 18th to 20th October, 2016 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja geared towards complementing the effort of the Federal Government’s agenda for productivity and employment in the country.

Speakers expected at the conference include, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, Afolabi Imoukhuede; and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechuckwu Enelamah. Others are Executive Chairman, African Centre for Shared Development Capacity, Prof. Olu Ajakaiye; Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, and Director, ILO Country Office for Nigeria, Dennis Zulu and a host of others.

In a statement on the conference titled: “CIPM Nigeria on the Way Forward towards Productive Employment,” the Institute stated that, “Nigeria has experienced a sustained period of economic growth in the last decade without a corresponding improvement in employment. About 25 percent of the labour force is either unemployed or underemployed, casting a gloomy prognosis on the country’s future. The depth of Nigeria’s unemployment crisis is particularly evident among youths, with two in five youths between the ages of 15 and 35 affected. Tackling this crisis is top of Nigeria’s new government’s agenda.

“In response to the need for a strategic approach to job creation, a Job Creation Unit (JCU) has been set up within the Presidency to effectively coordinate activities and interventions.

This is aimed at driving near-to medium-term job creation across Nigeria with a Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan for Job Creation and Youth Employment in Nigeria. Developed in January 2016, it has five key thrusts, chief amongst which is, the selection of four priority economic sectors as anchor sectors, namely: Economic Transformers – Construction & ICT, and two Mass Employers (Agribusiness & Agro-allied industries and Wholesale & retail trade).”

“In supporting the Federal Government’s agenda, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, also came up with a study on managing the national unemployment challenge in a bid to ascertain causal factors and proffer actionable solutions to sustainably manage the unemployment challenge in Nigeria.



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