Rivers govt clears anxiety over employment of 10,000 teachers


By Innocent Eteng

About two months after the Rivers State government announced that it was ready to employ over 10,000 teachers, there has been anxiety over the employment status.

This anxiety, mostly among job seekers, had increased following uncertainty over the employment process and assertions that the to-be-employed teachers must register through the RivJobs platform, the state’s web portal where job seekers register, are given employability training and linked to potential employers.

But on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, the Ministry of Employment Generation and Empowerment came out clear explaining the process and status of the expected employment.

“The process of recruitment comes from the civil service commission. For those of them (registered through Rivjobs and trained) that are going to be teachers, the post-primary school board and the UBE in collaboration with the civil service commission (are working on it).

“So the process is on and we are waiting for their criteria and what number of this and what number of that teachers they want and then we release to them,” explained Lawson Ikuru, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary.

Ikuru, who gave the explanation in Port Harcourt during the employability training of 25,000 job seekers organized by the state government in collaboration with its ICT centre, clarified that the to-be-employed teachers would be drawn from the 25,000 trained job seekers.

He advised those who seek employment to rather utilise the platform instead of wishfully thinking they are employable when they have no employability skills.

“What I want to say to the people out there is, ‘take advantage of this’ because our facilitators are not just theoretical but practical ones with a whole lot of human resources management experience.

“So if you come and sit here for two (or) three hours you will know what it takes to do a good CV, you will know what it takes to have a good job attitude, you will know what it takes to present yourself to an interview board,” he said.