By Adedapo Adesanya
Jobberman, the largest job placement website in sub-Saharan Africa, has partnered with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to train 120,000 corps members yearly.
The company, which announced this development in a statement, noted that the free soft skills training course would take place in the NYSC camps across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It said the revered national institution, which focuses on bringing thousands of youth together from Nigeria, provided a pivotal step for Jobberman in tackling the enormity of unemployment and underemployment issues in the country.
Speaking on the partnership, The Chief Executive Officer of Jobberman, Nigeria, Mrs Rolake Rosiji, said: “NYSC resonates with all Nigerians and is a homegrown partnership that Jobberman is very proud to have established.”
Mrs Rosiji said the significance of the partnership would be transformational for the country’s youth and the economy.
“Aligning with an organisation such as NYSC, which has built a reputation of nurturing the development of young Nigerians to enhance the country, is in line with Jobberman’s mission to create a dynamic and skilled workforce to help it reach its full potential.
“The National Youth Service Corps’ annual one-year programme to steer youth capacity development, whilst also fostering cultural and social cohesion, is perfectly matched with Jobberman’s focus on upskilling five million young people and placing three million in dignified employment by 2025.
“This is part of the company’s mandate through the Young Nigeria Works project in partnership with MasterCard Foundation,’’ Mrs Rosiji said.
She said the technology-driven company advocated the importance of democratising the jobs market by placing 100 per cent of job opportunities online, as well as creating a transparent labour market to drastically improve workplace productivity.
Mrs Rosiji said with over 60,000 employers on the platform to be connected with, the beneficiaries would be trained in areas such as emotional intelligence, personal effectiveness and presentation skills.
She said this would, in turn, present employable candidates to some of Nigeria’s most reputable companies, adding that in February 2021, Jobberman successfully piloted the programme and trained 35 NYSC schedule officers at the Lagos camp.
Mr Rasak Salawu, the Director of CDS and Special Projects at the NYSC, said that Jobberman’s partnership would drive youth employment across states through hybrid and digitally-enabled training.
“This will be an opportunity provided to graduates of different schools and backgrounds in Nigeria and abroad.
“The Jobberman soft skills training programme has so far upskilled over 100,000 young people since inauguration in May 2020, at the height of the pandemic.
“It has also placed 60 per cent of those that have completed the course in dignified employment,” Mr Salawu said.
ASEA Elects Popoola as Executive Committee Member
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The chief executive of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Mr Temi Popoola, has been elected as an executive committee member of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA).
His election into the team was at the association’s Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire, on December 7, 2022.
Also elected at the event was the CEO of the Botswana Stock Exchange, Thapelo Tsheole as the president and the CEO of the Rwanda Stock Exchange, Pierre Celestine Rwabukumba, as the Vice President of ASEA.
ASEA is the continent’s prime association of securities exchanges, established in 1993 with the mandate to develop its members’ markets, promote the capital market business and provide a platform for networking.
Speaking of his election into the committee, Mr Popoola appreciated the representatives of the member exchanges for their confidence in selecting the committee members and thanked the immediate past president, Dr Edoh Kossi Amenounve, for his service to the association.
“I also appreciate the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Mr Oscar Onyema, for his support during my election to the committee and his efforts on ASEA’s initiatives during his time as leader of the association.
“As the president of ASEA between 2014 and 2018, he championed the initiation and development of the African Exchanges Linkage project, which is now being officially launched and will aid the pooling of liquidity across exchanges on the continent.”
“ASEA, as the premier association of securities exchanges in Africa, is tasked with the duties of promoting the capital markets of its members at the global level and fostering capital inflows into African capital markets.
“At NGX, we will continue to collaborate with other ASEA members on the development of our markets, intelligence and data sharing and join in advocacy efforts.
“I am confident that the committee will continue to advance the pan-African agenda, enhance sustainability and capital mobilisation efforts and drive continent-wide financial inclusion for the development of our continent,” Mr Popoola added.
Senate to Screen Ahmad, Adamu as CBN Deputy Governors
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Senate will screen the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in charge of Financial System Stability, Mrs Aisha Ahmad, and her counterpart in charge of Corporate Services, Mr Edward Lametek Adamu, for a second term in office.
This followed their nominations for the positions by President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter sent to the Senate and read before the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Mrs Ahmad was first nominated for the role by Mr Buhari in October 2017, while Mr Adamu was nominated in February 2018 by the President.
Mrs Ahmad is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter-holder, and in her role, she has ensured a safe and sound financial system in Nigeria, a core mandate of the CBN.
With over 25 years of policy and financial industry experience, she holds an MSc in Finance & Management from Cranfield University UK, MBA (Finance) from the University of Lagos and a second-class upper Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Abuja.
She has been credited with bringing dynamism and a strong combination of academic qualifications and private-sector experience to her role as deputy governor of FSS.
On his part, Mr Adamu, a quantity surveyor by training, has a 25-year career culminating in his role as HR Director at the CBN.
He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Kaduna and a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Institute of Credit Administration. He began his career with the Unified Public Service in 1983.
Sanwo-Olu Appoints Folasade Coker as Executive Secretary of LJLA
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appointed Ms Folasade Coker as the Executive Secretary of the Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy (LJLA).
The initiative is a leadership and mentorship programme of the state government, with the vision to develop tomorrow’s leaders today for public service and governance in Africa.
According to a statement made available to Business Post, she was appointed based on her impressive track record and demonstrated successes on various leadership assignments.
Ms Coker has worked across numerous leadership roles in both the public and private sectors in a career spanning over 30 years to date.
She is the Visionaire and Chief Executive Officer of Coker & Castle Nigeria Ltd, a management consulting and coaching firm, which she co-founded with Derek Castle in 2003. She has a wealth of experience in delivering training on communication/interpersonal skills, team building, leadership and management, marketing and providing bespoke solutions.
Her role as the Executive Secretary of LJLA will include program planning and proactively monitoring its progress, and organisational and budget planning.
She will be responsible for administering the business affairs of the Leadership Academy.
Ms Coker will also be in charge of the total welfare of the fellows and to achieve their objectives of being part of the fellowship, and build an all-round leader mentally, emotionally and physically.
The objective is to support the LJLA vision to develop future leaders by equipping them with the requisite skills to positively influence public service and instil in them the ethics and values of purposeful leadership through direct mentorship and on-the-job training whilst ensuring the efficient management of the academy in all aspects.
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