Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
NO fewer than 66 unemployed graduates have been recruited for temporary jobs under the Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP) of the National Directorate of Employment, (NDE) in Ekiti State.
The beneficiaries, drawn from across the 16 local governments, will be posted to corporate organisations to serve for an initial period of three months.
A statement by the Coordinator, Mr Alao Babatunde, quoted the directorate as saying that the beneficiaries would be paid N15,000 monthly as stipend during the programme.
Babatunde said the internship programmes had two batches, noting that the first batch of 50 graduates had concluded their three months internship programme, while the second batch of 16 was still ongoing.
He said the GAP was aimed at bridging the unemployment gap through the provision of transient jobs to unemployed graduates. Babatunde added that the internship programme was designed
based on the need to nurture the latent potential in the unemployed graduates whom, he said, in most cases lacked the requisite practical experience and skills required to get employment.
According to him, the GAP provides temporary job opportunities by attaching graduates to private establishments and Ministries, Departments and Agencies for three months to enable them acquire work experience.
He said it would also assist them to develop professional skills that would place them at a prime position to secure permanent jobs at their place of primary assignment or become self-employed after the programme.
Babatunde hailed the Federal Government for approving the implementation of the programmes and facilitating its take off, admonishing the beneficiaries to put in their best for maximum results.