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It is with great pleasure, we announce to the CTG Stakeholders and the general public that the National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) is now in partnership with the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP). A programme organized by the office of the Vice President in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The aim and objective of this partnership is to contribute our own quota in achieving one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which is “Decent Work and Economic Growth”. Therefore, NACOTAN is using this medium to urge the Nigerian graduates to apply for this programme organized by the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme (NJFP) in order for you to benefit from the free training that will be provided to enable you gain meaningful employment and establishing your own small-scale enterprise in the Cotton Value Chain as follows;

  • To be properly and gainfully employed in Ginneries and Textile manufacturing companies
  • Invest in Cotton Production as NACOTAN is positioning itself to be able to assist interested graduates who can provide farmlands to cultivate Seed Cotton with the benefits accrued to it as follows;
  1. The harvested Seed Cotton can be sold to ginneries and exported. The Ginneries are readily available to off-take your harvest, therefore, there will be no issue in looking for market.
  2. The Cotton Seed can be used as a raw material for the establishment of mini oil factories, where the oil can be sold to the open market and even exported. The Cotton Seed oil is a cholesterol free cooking oil.
  3. After extracting the oil, the Cotton Cake can be sold and used as animal feeds.
  4. The stem of the Cotton plant can be used to manufacture rope, particle board, briquettes etc.

 

What is NJFP?

Led by the Federal Government of Nigeria, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU), the NJFP will provide 20,000 young Nigerian graduates annually with yearlong job placement opportunities in both public and private sector across the country

The NJFP aims to champion homegrown Nigerian talent and opportunities by creating a channel between graduates and industry, to help address the employment gap by identifying the emerging skills that companies need most, while guiding graduates to be more prepared for a constantly evolving work environment. The long-term goal of the programme is to create opportunities where Fellows can play a meaningful part in growing the private and public sector while contributing towards the future of Nigeria.

Eligibility criteria

Interested private and public sector organizations must submit official letter of interest, outlining their commitment to supporting the programme by accepting Fellow placements. Among other requirements, organizations will also be asked to provide a CAC Certificate of Registration, clear descriptions of role requirements and agreement to provide mentorship support to Fellows throughout their placement.

To qualify as a Fellow, applicants must be a fresh Nigerian graduate (Bachelor's Degree) from any discipline and must have graduated with at least a Second Class Lower (2.2) and above. Prospective fellows also must be at most 30 years old and have completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) or have a certificate of exemption

The full list of eligibility requirements for both Fellows and host organizations can be found on the NJFP website

Application and selection process

Applications will be open on the NJFP website application portal Visit NJFP!for a duration of six weeks, from 6 September 2021 to 20 October 2021. The application process from submission to selection, including matching to host organizations, is expected to last 12 weeks

 

The selection process will be transparent and inclusive. Prospective Fellows are to submit an application electronically against the criteria through the application portal. Once applications close, an independent talent management company will review submissions and produce a long list of applicants that will proceed to the next stage of the selection process. Long listed candidates will then undergo a series of aptitude tests and assessments before the final selection is made.

Potential host organizations are invited to express interest by submitting their application through the online portal. Host organizations that meet the eligibility requirements will be put into a database in readiness for matching with pre-qualified Fellows. The talent needs of host organizations will be determined through the application and the placement cycle will be a collaborative process between the NJFP and successful organizations to ensure industry needs align to the needs of the Fellow