25th August, 2011
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Oyo State has offered temporary employment to 100 unemployed graduates under its Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP).
The NDE Coordinator in the state, Dr. Malomo Akinremi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Wednesday that the programme was introduced by the Federal Government to make graduates self-reliant and reduce the high rate of employment in the country.
He said each graduate would be paid N10,000 for a period of six months, and posted to an establishment during their training.
Akinremi said the programme would cost the government N6 million, adding that at the end of the first six months, some of the beneficiaries might be given permanent employment, while others who failed to perform to expectation would be re-engaged for additional six months.
â€œThe Federal Government is doing so much to reduce the unemployment rate in the country and make the graduates employable,â€ he said.
Akinremi added that the agency was currently implementing other programmes that were aimed at reducing the unemployment rate, including Environment Beautification Scheme, Solar Energy Training Scheme and Rural Agricultural Development Scheme.
He announced that the NDE had also created a â€˜Job Centre,â€˜ where unemployed graduates were being registered, noting that more than 500 graduates were registered daily.
He urged unemployed graduates in the state to take advantage of the centre, instead of staying idle, and appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to support the agency in its efforts to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.