NDE Flags Off GAP For 75 Unemployed Graduates In Edo

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) weekend flagged off the Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP) for 75 persons in Edo State.
Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, NDE Director General, while flagging off the commencement of the programme said the attachment would last for three months.
Mallam Fikpo who was represented by Mr. Solomon Edobor, the Edo State Coordinator of NDE disclosed that the programme is designed by the directorate to bridge the gap of the non existence of white collar jobs.
According to him, the GAP which is a scheme under one of the four core programmes, Special Public Works (SPW) is designed to recruit graduates who will be deployed to various organizations for a period of three months and would be paid N60, 000 for the three months.
The DG charged the graduates to be good ambassadors of the directorate by taking the programe with all seriousness, stressing that if all goes well, the graduates stand a chance to be recruited on permanent basis by these organizations where they served.
Also speaking at the flagging off ceremony, the Director, Vocational Scheme Department (VSD) of NDE who was represented
by Mrs. Agnes Ogbaga said, “We are here today for the orientation of another batch of Graduate Attachment programme participants of the Special Public Works Department of the NDE in Edo State.
“The GAP is designed to address alarming level of graduate unemployment by providing them with transient jobs.
“Participants who are graduates of tertiary institutions and must have completed their NYSC are attached to corporate organisations on pupilage for between 3 to 6 months during which they will be exposed, up-skilled and develop their latent potentials.
“The lucky ones among them may be retained by their employers at the end of their programme.
He therefore advice the participants to be very serious during their internship and avail themselves of this rare opportunity.
One of the beneficiaries, Idahosa Osagie said he obtained a Bsc degree in Industrial Physics at the University of Benin in 2012 and has not been employed since then and
appreciated the Federal government and the management of NDE for this opportunity.

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