Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja
Due to the unavailability of white collar jobs in Nigeria, the Kogi State National Directorate of Employment(NDE) has engaged another batch of 45 unemployed graduates under its scheme tagged: “Graduate Attachment Programme”.
The scheme, which is domiciled in the Special Public Works Department of the NDE, is one of the strategies of the Directorate to create jobs for the nation’s teeming unemployed graduates.
The privileged 45 graduates, who were successful would be attached to some private or public organisations to acquire practical experience in contributing their quota to the nation’s economy while the NDE pays them their stipends.
The NDE Director-General in Kogi State, Mr. Kunle Obayan while inaugurating a-five-day training workshop for the beneficiaries in Lokoja, Tuesday, reiterated the commitment of the federal government to tackle the disturbing unemployment situation in the country.
The Director-General said the graduate attachment scheme is also aimed at promoting skills and personal attributes capable of enhancing technological advancement in Nigeria.
Obayan, who was represented by the North Central Zonal Director of the NDE, Mr. Jibrin Aye said the directorate recently designed new employment creation scheme targeted at new diverse group such as the School-To-Work programme at secondary school level.
In his welcome address, the Kogi State cordinator of NDE, Mallam Abdul Ibrahim Ndaman enjoined the benefitting graduates to take the programme very seriously as it was designed to make them gain permanent employment or being self-employed.
The cordinator said despite the current economic meltdown, the Directorate would not relent in its efforts to reducing the increasing unemployment in Nigeria to the barest minimum.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mr. Samuel Achimugu, thanked the NDE for finding them worthy to benefit from the programme with an assurance that they will make the good use of the opportunity.