If you listen to Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State, for long enough, you would get the impression that governments can establish trust and influence the lives of their citizens if they want to.
What better way to make a difference in people’s lives than to create work and job opportunities? Obaseki has a different perspective on job creation than the majority of his colleagues, who believe in hiring and firing at will.
When government officials in Edo State talk about job development, they’re referring to long-term, life-changing careers that will benefit generations and lift many families out of poverty.
This is what is going on at the Edo State Skills Development Agency popularly known as Edo Jobs.
Through its new initiative, the EdoJobs Centre, the agency is providing a holistic approach to employment creation and up-skilling, previously unseen in Nigeria and it is all for free to Edo residents.
The service caters to all kinds of job seekers and those preparing for a career switch, offering free curriculum vitae reviews to meet industry standards, providing the best training to help applicants qualify for and apply for jobs, matching them with available vacancies that suit their skills and wage demands and then preparing them for interviews.
Solving the issue of unskilled graduates, unemployment and under-employment in one swoop, since 2017, EdoJobs has recruited workers for over 200 firms within and outside the state.
The establishment of the EdoJobs Centre commenced from July 15, 2021 to September 2021 to focus on bringing unemployed residents and those seeking career changes or advancement to the level employers are looking to hire from.
So far, the state government has established two job centers, one at the Edo Innovates on ICE Road, off Wire Road, and the other within the Edo Production Hub complex on Sapele Road.
Daily, job counselors sit with applicants to review their CVs, schedule hands-on training and rigorously prepare them for job interviews.
Amongst them are: the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub and Sound Stage, which is a physical location provided by the Edo State Government for content creators to learn about producing audio-visual content as well as providing them with facilities to create content for their social and interactive channels.
These facilities include a state-of-the-art soundstage, a post-production studio and other facilities.
The Edo Food and Agricultural Cluster (EdoFAC) is the agricultural component of the agency’s activities that focuses on complementing the food sufficiency plan of the state government to tackle the challenges of farmers and other agricultural players in the state.
This initiative is primarily involved in the training and empowerment of farmers of all ages (especially youths and women) as well as other agricultural activities such as processing, aggregation of agro-products and access to market opportunities for farmers in the state.
It is designed to boost business and talent productivity for technological innovations.
It is accelerating economic development through strategic local and foreign investments.