Nahum Sule, Jalingo
The Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo says the Directorate has engaged 41 idle Taraba youths into the Graduate Attachment Program (GAP).
In a supervising and Tour visit in Jalingo, the state capital, the Director Special Public Works, Mrs. Rosaline Olawuni who was represented by Mac Bernard Ishaya Chief Rural Employment Promotion Assistant says, the Directorate has recruited 41 youths across the three senatorial zones of the State, of which 14 are females and 27 males.
Speaking during the supervision of the GAP program in Jalingo, Ishaya says GAP is in line with President Mohammdu Buhari desire to lift 100 million Nigerian out of poverty.
In his words he asserts that “I’m supervising a Graduate Attachment Program in Taraba, which is purposely to enable unemployed graduates acquire hands-on experience. So far we have recruited 41 youths and they are to undergo the Attachment program for three months”.
“Unemployment, especially among graduates of tertiary institutions is, without mincing words, embarrassing to both the government and the graduates. This necessitated the management of the NDE to introduce GAP. NDE will give stipends to the participants to augment their transport during the Attachment.
Ishaya further stated that the head office has adequately provided logistics, tour allowance, transport, accommodation and feeding for supervision of the program in Taraba.
In an interview with some of the beneficiaries one Mr. Abdulwahab Yusuf Haruna living with disability lauded NDE for introducing the program and also called for its sustainaince.
During the tour at the Taraba state University, Dr Akintade Afolabi Rotimi, Director Research and Development who mentors one of the beneficiaries says the University has fulfilled the major objective of GAP by permanently employed one Mr. Chia Asuaga after participating in the program in the past.
NDE also plans in subsequent time to increase number of GAP participants in the program. Ishaya who supervised the program promised to report some of the challenges facing the beneficiaries.