By Michael Oche, Abuja
Barely one month after the federal government launched an online platform to register unemployed Nigerian youths, the site has crashed, LEADERSHIP Sunday checks have revealed.
The crash of the online portal is a huge setback for the government’s drive to create more jobs for unemployed Nigerians as unemployed graduates have been groaning over what they described dashed hope to secure a job after years of unemployment.
The site, according to the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), is meant to obtain and maintain a data bank on employment and vacancies in the country, as well as a clearing house to link job seekers with vacancies in collaboration with other government agencies.
The site, www.jobsforall.ng, which was launched on April 5, 2017 recorded over 28,000 youths registering just 18 hours after it was launched.
But when our reporter visited the site, the information on the screen read: “Jobsforall.ng Under Maintenance… We apologize for any inconvenience; we are running a maintenance on our systems and should be back up soon”.
The federal government had said the online registration of unemployed persons in the country was part of its quest to keep a robust data base for unemployed persons and job creation.
However, barely few days after the launch of the portal, it appeared to have encountered technical glitch.
Sources within the directorate told LEADERSHIP Sunday that the server could possibly have crashed as a result of the huge volume of traffic it recorded.
An unemployed Nigerian with the twitter handle @Josadem2 expressed his frustration over his inability to get registered on the @NDENigeria twitter page.
He tweeted: “This is rather unfortunate and saddening that it has taken over two weeks to fix or maintain a website by a technical team.
“I suppose they are affected by the change of leadership. The new leadership may want to stop the process as it happens in Nigerian leadership”.
But in response, the technical handlers of the site said, “Technically, the portal has only been sown for a week. The technical team is working to ensure that the portal is as easy to sue as possible”.
But more than a month after the assurance, the site is still down
Speaking to our reporter, an unemployed applicant, Kingsley Okoye said, “Most vacancies are not advertised in Nigeria. But when I heard that the government was launching its own site to register unemployed youths, I was happy. Now I’m totally disappointed that the government can’t even maintain a site”.
Another Nigerian, Kunle Johnson said, “I have tried severally to register on the platform but have been unsuccessful”.