The Ogun State Government on Thursday launched its job portal earlier announced in July.

Governor Dapo Abiodun at the launch held at the Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, said this was in fulfilment of his promise to focus on employment.

According to him, “The official launching of the Ogun Job Portal, today, is another milestone in the successful implementation of our “administration’s “Building our Future Together” agenda.

“Let me state that this job portal will register, on a continuous basis, employed and unemployed youths in the State with a view to providing them jobs and training opportunities suitable for their trade and academic qualifications. For those who care, a country with 23.1 percent unemployment rate or 20.93 million young people out of job is sitting on a keg of gunpowder”

”To underscore the severity of this challenge, you all will recall how many of our young people died looking for Immigration jobs in 2014. Also recently, when the Customs Service called for employment, 525,215 applicants applied online for the less that 2,000 vacant position.

“We cannot sit and watch this situation degenerate any further, hence this is a way of thinking out of the box. Not all of us will do White Collar jobs and not all White Collar jobs increase GDP.

”This portal will, therefore, provide a platform for readily available and updated information of our graduates and those with vocational skills across the State with the aim of matching them with potential employers, training opportunities, not only within the Public Service but also with the Private Sector, as our partners.”

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