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National Population Commission Launches Electronic Recruitment Portal For 2023 Census

Ahead of the proposed 2023 census, the National Population Commission (NPC) has officially launched an electronic recruitment portal to engage qualified Nigerians as ad hoc staff.

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Ahead of the proposed 2023 census, the National Population Commission (NPC) has officially launched an electronic recruitment portal to engage qualified Nigerians as ad hoc staff.

The electronic portal has undergone both pre-test and trial phases to ensure accessibility and success of the recruitment process.

According to the Census Manager, Inuwa Jalingo, several places which need to be filled include facilitators, training centre administrators, monitoring & evaluation officers, data quality managers, data quality assistants, supervisors, enumerators, and special work force.

Jalingo noted that the recruitment exercise is designed to be transparent, give equal opportunity, and minimise bias.

Also speaking at the launching of the portal in Abuja, the Chairman, National Population Commission, Nasir Isa-Kwarra, underscored the need to have the best hand for the 2023 census. 

The Census Manager further stated that the commission is expected to receive more than 25 million applications for the available job positions. He emphasised that the process needs to be competitive and credible. 

Investors King understands that the last census held in Nigeria was conducted in 2006. 

A representative of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who was also at the event Mrs. Ann Aderibigbe, lauded the e-recruitment portal. 

She noted that the digital application incorporated into the process will enhance accuracy. 

Meanwhile, NPC has stated that prospective ad hoc staff to be engaged for the 2023 census must have a valid National Identification Number (NIN), a functional Gmail account, and must be able to know how to operate a smartphone, computer, and tablet. 

In addition, prospective applicants must have a commercial bank account, a functional phone number and must have a minimum educational certificate of secondary school diploma up to doctoral degree depending on the position applied for. 

It would be recalled that a sum of N177.33 billion was approved for the 2023 census. The census which is coming 16 years after the last one is expected to estimate both population and housing in Nigeria. 

According to the 2006 census, Kano had the highest population of 9.4 million persons followed by Lagos State with 9.1 million persons. 

However, a lot of changed since then and it is expected that the numbers across states would have risen astronomically. 

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FG to Sanction NNPC, FIRS, and Others For Backdoor Recruitment

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The federal government has disclosed that it will sanction the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) among other MDA involved in backdoor recruitment. 

Investors King learnt that other big agencies alleged to have engaged in backdoor recruitment include the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). 

The numerous recruitments are done despite the embargo put in place by the office of the head of civil service.

Investigations showed that while some agencies issued employment letters to jobseekers without recourse to the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission, others simply replaced retired or dead officials with friends and family members.

It could be recalled that in 2019, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was reported to have employed many individuals without following the due recruitment process. This secret recruitment received condemnation from far and wide including from pressure and regional groups. 

One of the pressure groups, the Niger Delta Youth Consort of Nigeria protested against the NNPC for excluding the region and southerners in the secret recruitment.

Although NNPC denied the secret recruitment claiming that what the company did was fill the vacancies with personnel who were already in the system and were qualified rather than recruiting fresh ones from outside the system.

In the same vein, the Federal Inland Revenue Service was also enmeshed in a recruitment scandal in 2021 after it emerged that it secretly engaged 2,000 workers, a development that put a strain on its budget.

This was made known through a petition written to the Chairman of FIRS, Muhammed Namu by the Nigerian Civil Service Union.

On its part, the Nigeria Customs Service denied engaging in secret recruitment, stating that all its recruitment are often published, however, there has been an issue of lopsidedness in many of the recruitment made by the service with a significant advantage to the northern part of the country. 

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Aviation Workers Kick Against the Concession of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Others

Aviation Unions have vowed to resist any attempt to concession any of the Nigerian International Airports amid a series of labour issues left unresolved. 

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Aviation Unions have vowed to resist any attempt to concession any of the Nigerian International Airports amid a series of labour issues left unresolved. 

Rising from an emergency congress at the headquarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), aviation unions noted that since the decision to concession the four most important airports in Nigeria was taken, the unions have vigorously opposed the idea.

The unions which attended the emergence congress include the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals.

Investors King could recall that the Federal Government is planning to concession four major international airports in Nigeria which include the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airports, Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and Port Harcourt International Airport. 

According to the government, the concessions which are currently ongoing will usher more investment into the country’s aviation industry. 

Following the successful concession of the four major international airports, the government also intends to concession at least 17 other airports which are under the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). 

Meanwhile, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sikira has announced the preferred bidders for three of the four international airports up for grabs. 

The minister announced Corporation America Airports Consortium as the preferred bidder for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja while the preferred bidder for Murtala Mohammed International Airports was TAV/NAHCO Project Planet Limited. 

He added further that Corporation America Airports Consortium also emerged as the preferred bidder for Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano. 

In preparation for the concession, the minister of aviation has issued a directive for the demolition of the office of FAAN, the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in Lagos.

This directive however did not go down well with aviation unions who alleged a lack of trust and transparency on the part of the minister. 

The unions observed that the rush to deliver the project at all costs showed some suspicion which could create a disaster for the country’s aviation industry. 

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Twitter to End Remote Work, Staff to Work 40 Hours a Week

Elon Musk has suspended remote work for the social media staff while he also noted that employees will now work 40 hours a week, an email sent to staff stated. 

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Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk has suspended remote work for the social media staff while he also noted that employees will now work 40 hours a week, an email sent to staff stated. 

Investors King understands that the new work policy is coming after the company sacked 3,700 workers last week, about half of Twitter’s workforce. The cut in the workforce will subsequently require more working hours from the unaffected staff. 

In addition, Musk also stated in the email message that the “road ahead is arduous and will require intense work to succeed”. He added that “difficult times” lie ahead. 

In contrast to this, the microblogging platform informed its staff in May 2020, that the company would allow staff to work from home “forever”, if they wish because it recorded huge success during the pandemic lockdown. 

However, Musk who is also the CEO of Tesla and Word richest man noted that there could be exceptions in special conditions after such a case has been personally vetted by himself. 

“Remote work is no longer allowed, unless you have a specific exception. Managers will send the exception lists to me for review and approval,” Musk wrote in the email. 

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has revealed that Twitter is having a massive drop in revenue due to the suspension of paid advertisements on the platform by some notable brands.

It will be recalled that high-spending brands such as Volkswagen, Ford, and General Motors have suspended paid advertisements on Twitter. 

The brands had raised concerns with the new policy which the social media policy will adopt. 

Elon Musk had hinted that a number of banned accounts which includes Donald Trump’s will be reinstated while the platform will be open to “free speech”. 

Therefore, a handful of brands that are concerned that the platform will eventually open its floor for hate speech and divisive content are worried about what might be the effects of it. 

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