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Nigeria: FG Launches Microwork Job Creation Initiative

11 March, 2013
 
Emma Okonji, This Day
March 11, 2013

The Ministry of Communications Technology will today launch a job creation scheme 'Microwork for Job Creation-Naijacloud' that seeks to reduce unemployment and create wealth for youths of Nigeria.

The Ministry with support from the STEP-B project, under the Ministry of Education is launching 'Microwork for Jobs Creation in Nigeria' to address the issues of employability and job creation using information technology.

The primary objective of the project is to create awareness about the work opportunities in the Microwork and ELancing space as well as create job opportunities for youths in Nigeria in order to reduce the unemployment rate.

The initiative also aims to reduce the country's brain drain, create business opportunities for potential Nigerian Microwork and ELancing Companies, wealth creation opportunities for the young and showcase opportunities for Nigerian Businesses to work more efficiently and have a broader Nigerian workers database.

Special Assistant on media to the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Efem Nkanga, who dropped the hint, said "the ministry is tapping into the Microwork opportunity, in line with its mandate to create jobs by taking advantage of fast-growing ICTs in Nigeria in order to reduce youth unemployment, which currently is high at 60 per cent level for youth."

'Microwork for Job Creation in Nigeria' initiative includes two aspects of Paid Crowd-sourcing technology: Microwork and e-Lancing. Paid crowd-sourcing is an expanding segment within the new virtual economy with significant job creation potential for skilled (e-Lancing) and semi-skilled workers (Microwork). The estimated global size of the microwork market is $450 million to $900 million annually.

The Microwork for job creation naijacloud is an initiative targeted at unemployed Nigerians using the technology platform. Unemployed youth with access to phone and internet looking for work are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity.

To drive the initiative, a free workshop provided by internationally acclaimed companies (Crowdflower, Elance, ODesk, Mobileworks and Samasource) will be held simultaneously at the -Digital Bridge Institute, Oshodi Lagos on March 18 and 19 and Cham's City, Abuja on March 18.

The unique selling point of the initiative, according to Nkanga, would be male and female participants with basic computer skills, without necessarily having a university degree.


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