Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Dr. Mohammed Argungu, has reiterated that the NDE will continue to tackle unemployment despite its dwindling resources.
He made the pledge in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, through the State Coordinator, Mallam Ismail Yekeen, during the commencement of two months of training for 600 participants nationwide under the 2020 Graduate Attachment Programme, GAP, organized by the Special Public Works Department of the directorate.
According to him, GAP has aimed at lending graduates an industrial experience and a helping hand to acquire the much-needed knowledge and skills that will help them to keep paid employment and most importantly, become self-reliant.
“The persistent nature of graduate unemployment is highly worrisome,” appealing that their employment prospects must be of primary importance.
Argungu urged all stakeholders – economic planners, policymakers, educationists, and the private sector – to play their respective roles in order to curb graduate unemployment. He also counseled graduates to hold a pragmatic view on employment expectations.
He noted with satisfaction that the previous implementation of GAP had recorded tremendous success as regards set targets and goals because a good number of beneficiaries who were attached to various establishments to acquire on the job experience had secured permanent appointments with those organizations.
The director-general urged participants to grasp all aspects of GAP packages to foster a culture of continuous improvement, embrace lifelong learning and be self-motivated while expressing appreciation to the government of Osun for its untiring efforts in supporting NDE programs.