By Obioma A.
About 1000 graduates and 1110 unskilled Nigerians are enlisted to participate in the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP) and Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS) job creation programmes. The agency, revealed to journalists.
The EBTS programme according to NDE is a scheme under its Special Works (SPW) employment creation, and it is designed to provide professional skills for unskilled and unemployed persons in environmental sanitation, beautification and management. NDE also hinted that the scheme is being implemented in the 36 States of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Tertiary (FCT).
According to a press statement signed by NDE Management, the programmes are “In furtherance to its quest to create sustainable job opportunities for unemployed graduates.”
The statement went on to say; “Within the 2021 financial year, the NDE provided transient job opportunities through the GAP for about Five Thousand (5,000) graduates across the country. Under the current initiativehowever, Eighteen (18) States namely Taraba, Gombe, Borno, Plateau, Kogi and Kwara States are benfiting. Others are, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Rivers, Delta and Edo States. Similarly, another Fifty (50) participants will be benefiting from the scheme under the National Grid.
“For a period of three months, participants will be attached to organisations in the public and private sectors where they will be engaged in duties in tandem with their areas of study/qualification. During the period of attachment, they gain work experience, network and contribute to the organisations they are attached to. Employers may find them good enough to be retained in permanent position or they may return to the NDE for some other available self-employment opportunities through various skills acquisition training. While on attachment, the participants will enjoy a stipend of N20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira) per month for the three month period that the exercise will last.”
Furthermore on the EBTS programme, NDE said; “ A total of One Thousand, One Hundred and Ten (1,110) unskilled and unemployed persons have been engaged for training under the Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS) of the Special Public Works (SPW) employment creation Programme of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
“The scheme which is designed to provide professional skills for unskilled and unemployed persons in environmental sanitation, beautification and management is being implemented in the thirty six (36) states of the federation as well as the Federal capital territory, Abuja. Thirty (30) persons from each state of the Federation and FCT are currently undergoing the three-month training structured to provide skills in soft and hard landscaping and Plaster of Paris (POP) and other relevant related skills to hitherto unskilled and unemployed persons on demand driven basis across the federation.
“At the end of the three month training period, the trainees are expected to be able to establish a means of livelihood leading to self-reliance following empowerment/ support in the form of working tools and cash by the NDE. Apart from the job creation potentials of the scheme, it is equally expected to improve the general environmental aesthetics of the country.
“The NDE is collaborating several master trainers in the delivery of the critical skills needed to actualize the EBTSthroughout the country. Over time, graduates of the scheme are expected to become trainers thereby deepening the acquisition of skills in that field and the general practice. The NDE will pay each trainee the sum of N5,000.00 as stipend per month while the training lasts.”