The United Nations Population Fund, UNFA and Cuso International (an initiative of the Government of Canada) has partnered with Cross River State Job Centre to sponsor the extension of the Centre across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State; said Cross River State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Asu Okang.
UNFPA’s state head of office, Dr. Kenneth Ehouzou who confirmed the partnership during his visitation to the Job Centre lauded the initiative of the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade for putting out such a massive trench to aid salvage one of the world’s biggest problems, unemployment.
Dr. Ehouzou added that, as part of the United Nations (UN) body, UNFPA will ensure other UN bodies, including World Health Organisation (WHO), UNESCO, UNDP, join the innovation by listing their first class jobs on the portal.
Meanwhile Cuso International has also promised to be among the employers by listing any available job on the platform for easy access. Cuso International has been one of the biggest global job creators in recent times and are still sailing across the seven seas.
Being the first of its kind in Nigeria, everyone including you and I will like to partner the magnanimous project as it stands to curb the rate of employment in Cross River State, and Nigeria as a whole; if other states adopts the system later on.
Commissioner Asu Okang earlier stated that, there’s already ongoing mobilisation across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) to sensitise people as well as collate the data of those who cannot make it to the centre nor have access to the Internet. He added that, in due time, the centre will be opened across the 3 Senatorial Districts and then across each LGAs in the nearby future.
But, well, that nearby future is already here as UNFPA, Cuso International are taking the lead to ensure that centres are opened in each LGAs of the state.
The Youthful Commissioner said the purpose of creation of the Job Centre is to ensure every Cross Riverian, whether graduate or not is employed; which is in line with the Governor Ayade led administration of engaging every Cross Riverian and making sure no one sleeps with an empty stomach.
Now, what is Cross River State Job Centre?
The centre according to Asu Okang stands as a bridge between Employees and Employers. The centre’s purpose is to match employees and employers as well as create opportunities for entrepreneurs through grants and sustainable trainings.
The Job Centre will also create a database where all Cross Riverians seeking for jobs ranging from the Doctorate degree holders down to First School Leaving Certificate holders and those with trade certificates as well as those who never got a formal education.
Apart from skilled jobs seekers, the centre also have a special desk for the unskilled ones ranging from cleaners, security, cooks, launderers, etc, and all their data will be captured into the database for easy placement.
The Job Centre will be connected to the Human Resource (HR) as well as to send email newsletter and text messages on job alerts to every Cross Riverian captured by the database who meets the requirements of such job.
The biggest of all is that, Asu Okang said the centre will be incorporated with job search engines like Jobberman, Career24, UK job portal, etc. He added that there’ll be every desk for location and organisational based jobs including international donours organisation like WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, Cuso International, etc; Oil and Gas sectors like Mobil, Shell, Total, Chevron, etc; Banking sectors, like Zenith Bank, First Bank, Ecobank, GTBank, etc; Public sectors, and many more.
How does the Cross River State Job Centre Works?
The centre works in a simple 123 steps.
- First, you need to get your Curriculum Vitae (CV) ready plus other necessary credentials.
- Secondly, you need to register and enroll your data into the centre’s database. There are two ways you can do that; 1. Through online by visiting www.crsjobcentre.com and 2. By visiting the main office at 112 Ndidem Usang Iso Road, former Chicken Republic Building, beside Southern Fried Chicken (SFC) Fast Food, Marian, Calabar Municipal Council, Cross River State.
- Thirdly, by waiting for SMS/text messages or email newsletter for your job interviews. Isn’t that so cool? Well, to me, it is the coolest thing that’d ever happen to me.
Who is eligible?
Well, to crown it this way, every Cross Riverian who needs a job is eligible to enroll for the Cross River State Job Centre.
To apply for a job, click this link: www.crsjobcentre.com
And the goodest news (I know what the English gurus are saying right now) is that, the Job Centre will also be accepting online applications for Cross Riverians outside the state and in diaspora. The centre will be working 24/7 to ensure everyone is matched with the available jobs and according to their capacities.
Before we go further, the Commissioner had stated that the Cross River State Job Centre will be creating at least five hundred (500) jobs on a monthly basis – a total of at least six thousand (6 000) jobs annually. Wow, I’ve never heard this in any regime and I bet you’d agree with me.
In addition to the Job Centre, Hon. Asu Okang said the state’s YESSO programme assisted by World Bank is already engaging Cross Riverians across the 3 Senatorial Districts where they’d be paid seven thousand five hundred naira (NGN7 500) monthly.
The YESSO programme is opened to all, especially students who only works 1hour per day during their free period to help support their financial needs. The programme is also running a 3million tree seedling in Obudu, Ogoja, Obubra, Akamkpa and Akpabuyo to combat desert encroachment in the country.
The purpose of the YESSO programme is to rechannel/refocus the energy of the youths into something positive for the growth and development of Cross River State and Nigeria.