Honourable Nelson Ofem, member representing Yakurr-1 State Constituency at the Cross River State House of Assembly has sponsored a bill to tame the menace of unemployment in the state.
The bill, entitled, “Cross River State Employment Bill”, according to the Honourable Member, seeks to develop a database of all Cross Riverians who are yet to be employed. The database would take records of citizens with SSCE, B.Sc., M.Sc. qualification categorized by gender, age, field of specialization, and local government of origin.
Nelson explained that aside the unemployment challenge, getting to know those who are employable but unemployed was another challenge in reality, stating that the bill, when actualized would aid employment processes in the state, either by public or private sectors.
The bill, Cross River Daily News understands would also make provision for the record of technically skilled Cross Riverians, which according to Hon. Nelson, “as companies are established in the state, we would be able to make first-touch contact with citizens who have certain skills a particular company may be seeking” instead of going to Lagos to hire these hands with the idea that such persons can not be found in the state.
Also, the bill would provide for evenly distribution of employment allotment for each local government so that a fair representation of all the LGAs in the state were reflected in every employment exercise.
Hon. Nelson Ofem said the bill is at public hearing stage and would be attended to once the House sees off the burial of its late member, Hon. Stephen Ukpukpen, this weekend.