The rising level of unemployment in the country has manifested as over 158,000 graduates responded to the recent call on applicants by the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) to register and provide Nigerians with a biometric identity system.
NIMC is opening the enrolment centres in its state offices nationwide following the successful certification of the premises based on its adoption of global best practice.
Sources close to the commission said that the external consultants who were appointed to manage the recruitment process have submitted the full list of those who applied and are now screening the applicants to have a shortlist for possible interview.
According to the sources, a CBT Computer Based Test will be administered to all the short-listed applicants before the principles of merit, federal character, catchment area, spread among others are applied.
The preliminary report of the consulting firm also showed that there were between 100 per cent to 1,000 per cent over subscription in each of the over 94 job functions advertised.
It was gathered that the number could have been more had those who had difficulties in filling the form been able to do so before the close of the application. The online application system is a test process which was adopted to deliberately test the IT usage and competency of the applicants.
Those who are unable to fill the simple online application form might not be able to sit for let alone pass the Computer Based Aptitude Test and so it will be difficult to employ them now that the Commission is in a hurry to kick off the nationwide enrolment process come April 2013.
It has also been revealed that successful candidates, who will be employed in batches, will be sent on between two to six weeks training before they are finally deployed. They will also be cleared by the security agencies.
Director Corporate Communication of NIMC, Mr. Anthony Okwudiafor, said: "The enrollment centres which now have a minimum of 10 enrolment units each, will be scaled up to over 20 at the time the process will be formally launched. Each local government area is expected to have at least one functional office for enrolment daily.
Okwudiafor, who spoke to THISDAY on telephone, also said that plans for the deployment of the Enrolment Units to Local Government areas and also the deployment of Mobile Enrolment Centres nationwide were ongoing and the pilot for these phases would commence March, shortly before the formal launch of the scheme centres, sources have revealed include: a provision for self-registration, provision of alternative sources of power and presence of security personnel in most cases. The NIMC Pre-Enrolment Portal has also been deployed and is being tested.
The DG/CEO of NIMC, Mr. Chris Onyemenam, had said the commission was planning for the formal launch of the scheme in the second quarter of 2013. Already the pilot scheme is experiencing a large turnout especially in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar and the state capital, Abuja.