LEADERS OF VARIOUS HOUSES PRESENTS EMPLOYMENT REPRESENTATIVES TO BIRC, HAILS THE BIRC BOSS FOR HIS INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO EMPLOYMENT ISSUES
In a bid to ensure a more transparent and efficient distribution of employment requisition to the various houses, the leaders of the various houses have appointed a two-man committee to interface with the Bonny Integrated Recruitment Centre (BIRC).
Member of the Leaders of the various houses presented members of the committee, Mr. Osobonye Longjohn, and Mr. Promise Pepple, to the leadership of the BIRC on Tuesday, 17th July 2019, when they visited the BIRC.
The move was in line with the BIRC’s policy of ensuring transparency in the employment requisition process.
The various house leader’s employment representatives will work with the Director of Manpower and Employment of the Bonny Youths Assembly (BYA), Mr. Daniel Green and the Bonny Integrated Recruitment Centre (BIRC).
Speaking on behalf of the various house leaders, Mr. Osobonye Longjohn hailed the Chairman of the BIRC, Mr. Mayor Ala Henry Hart for his innovative approach to employment issues, stating that in spite of the challenges facing his office, he has remained committed and not given in to distractions from different corners to scuttle his good plans for the people of Bonny as it concerns employment matters.
“On some occasions, after sending members of our various houses for employment as requested by the BIRC, they end up not being called by those companies and this has posed a serious challenge to us as leaders.”
“Most times, how to face our people back there in our meetings becomes a problem because we don’t know exactly how to explain what happened”, he said.
The leaders, however, appealed to the BIRC Chairman to use his good office in addressing the highlighted issues as it has caused some ill-feelings between them and members of their various houses.
Reacting to the issues brought up by members of the various house leaders, the BIRC boss thanked them for the visit as it has availed them the opportunity to sort out lingering issues bordering on employment.
He commended them for not predicting their conclusions on hearsay which has over time become a bane to development in the kingdom.
“Most times when these companies request for manpower, we immediately reach out to the houses, requesting you people to submit names of your members who are qualified for the job as requested by the company.”
“What happens is that after shortlisting and sending to the company, the contracts are terminated and, of course, those people won’t be called. That has been the case.”
“When this happens, we too over here won’t be happy but there is nothing absolutely we can do”, the Chairman said.
He, however, applauded their decision to present these two representatives from amongst them, noting that it will go a long way in curbing these issues and making them have firsthand information on the activities of the BIRC.
“Before now, we have always sent employment requisitions directly to the house rep (which had its own challenges) but later, we thought it wise to redirect the system by sending employment requisitions to the BYA to be distributed to the various house leaders through the Director of Manpower and then send a copy to their various houses for documentations.”
“That is how we have been doing it and it has helped us a lot. Everyone now has records of happenings in the BIRC,” the Chairman stated.
The BIRC boss appreciated His Majesty, the King, noting that Bonny if compared to other communities, has the best method of tackling unemployment matters with the establishment of the BIRC, just as the Bonny Utility Company (BUC) was handling power and water supply issues.
“We have always been a model to others and we will continue to be. It is not easy, but together we can do better. Call our attention to whatever you are not clear with for clarification. There is no perfect system,” the Chairman said.
“While we go back to our various houses and places of endeavors, it is my prayer that the good Lord guides and protects you all”.
Present at the meeting are a total of nineteen (21) house leaders which includes:
1. Allison Major House
2. Abraham Hart House
3. Bristol House
4. Jack-Manilla Pepple
5. Captain Hart Group of Houses
6. Ada Allison House
7. Jamaica House
8. Tolofari House
9. Dublin-Green House
10. Banigo House
11. Willie-Pepple House
12. Wilcox House
13. Longjohn House
14. Jim-Halliday House
15. Ezekiel-Hart House
16. Jekey-Green House
17. Allaputa House
18. Christy Wilcox House
19. Beresiri House
20. Perekule Royal House
21. Brown House
Others were unavoidably absent but sent in messages through the representatives of the various house leaders.