From Francis Nansak, Lafia
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has trained 800 graduates of tertiary institutions in Nasarawa State.
Nasarawa State Coordinator of the NDE, Alhaji Dauda Idris-Wase made the disclosure on Wednesday, at the orientation exercise for 50 new participants of the Graduates Attachment Programme (GAP) in Lafia.
According to Idris Wase” These beneficiaries are part of the 1,850 participants engaged for the scheme nationwide by the Directorate graduates who have completed their one year compulsory NYSC scheme.
“Each participant will be paid a monthly stipend of N15,000 during the three months attachment. These graduates are posted to public and private organizations relevant to what they studied in school. The resultant effects are threefold:-to improve the employability of these graduates, close the skills gaps and build a competent workforce.
“The outcome of participation in GAP , therefore, is to confer a competitive edge to talents for their retention in the organizations where they serve since the exposure allows the employers a full assessment of the intern’s job potentials, ” he said.
In their separate remarks, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, Chairman, Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity ,who was represented by Umaru Dandaura and Engr. Bala Usman, Controller, Federal Ministry of Works, Lafia represented by Engr Shuaibu Abdullahi, urged the participants to be proactive in their places of attachments to enhance the chances of their retention by their employers.
Responding, Mr Isaac P. Anzaku, a participant thanked NDE for the gesture and promised to be good ambassador of the scheme.