Nigerian Startup Launches Online Platform To Address Youth Unemployment
In a bid to support the efforts of the government to reduce youth unemployment, a Nigerian Tech startup, Kandem Ltd has launched an online-based service provider marketplace.
According to a statement released to the media, the platform is live and can be accessed through the URL – www. mokoto.ng and in the Google play store.
According to Kandem Ltd CEO, Mrs. Prisca Ossy Prestige, “mokoto. ng is a way of leveraging technology to solve the intractable unemployment challenge in Nigeria.”
She stated that the majority of the Nigerian youth of employable age are mainly artisans and freelance professionals as there are not enough big corporations and government agencies to absorb them into direct white or blue-collar employment. However, the challenge most of them have is lack of visibility because they lack the funds to advertise and promote their skills”.
Mokoto.ng is composed of over 100 categories and subcategories where individual professionals and artisans can create free accounts and host their business profiles online. This gives them maximum visibility.
On the platform, members can display the services they offer, make appointments, chat live with clients, indicate their business hours, etc. It’s just like having your own office online.
Mrs. Prestige explained that as an individual in need of a service, one of the key innovations Mokoto brings to the market is the ability of the platform to automatically read your location as a visitor and present to you the closest service provider within your geographical location.
According to her, “what this means is that if you need a plumber, you can visit mokoto. ng and the system will automatically present you with a plumber that is just 1km away from your location. This means faster response and timely delivery for both parties.”
The platform appears to be gaining acceptance.
The CEO revealed that “In less than 30 days, over 5000 independent service providers have signed up and we hope to reach 100,000 members in our first year of operation”.