The institution created on April 27, 1990 to promote employment nationwide is commemorating its 30th anniversary amidst COVID-19 whose negative impact will surge unemployment rate.
T he National Employment Fund (NEF) has clocked 30 years this April 27, 2020. The achievements recorded in its mission of promoting employment throughout the national territory lends credence to the age of maturity attained so far. In a message published by the Director General, Camille Moute à Bidias, the NEF has successfully promoted 75,000 small enterprises which generated some 225,000 direct and indirect jobs apart from contributing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. Meanwhile, other clients of the fund have acquired or improved their competences for a better positioning in the job market. The Director General says about 120,000 people have benefited from the training to up their competences. He further added in the message that about 60 per cent of job seekers who solicited their services at one moment or the other found jobs. NEF, Moute à Bidias noted, has put in place daily actions for job seekers and enterprises in other to render the job market dynamic.
Created with the mission to promote employment across the country, the National Employment Fund rotates its activities on four axis notably intermediary role between job seekers and employers, professional training, creation of small enterprises as well as promoting access to information by job seekers. The 30th anniversary commemoration, the Director General adds, is an opportunity for the institution to not only express gratitude to the government but also to thank job seekers and employers whom he exhorted as partners, to continue bestowing their confidence on NEF. Despite inadequate resources at the disposal of the job placement structure, it has within the three decades of its existence, been able to achieve its mission.
NEF, the DG said, occupies an enviable position in the global association of public employment services as well as the continental association through its activities. The National Employment Fund is pursuing with its services during this COVID-19 pandemic though slowed down. The global health pandemic, he said, will greatly increase the unemployment rate in the country but the NEF is upbeat to do more in the coming years with the available resources.