80 Abians benefit NDE GAP, ACCES Programmes
The National Directorate of Employment, NDE has officially flagged-off the Orientation for the 3rd phase of Artisans in Collaborative Construction Employment Scheme, (ACCES) for 50 beneficiaries in Abia state.
Speaking at the event which held in Umuahia, Abia State, the Director General of NDE, Mallam Nuhu Abubakar Fikpo represented by the State Coordinator of NDE Abia State, Mrs Tessy Wachuku said that the scheme was designed to reduce unemployment amongst youths.
He disclosed that the selected 50 participants are being trained in
technical constructions, adding that, “The collaborative employment will engender more reliable and dependable sources of workforce.
According to him, it will also provide an avenue for improving and upgrading the skills of the artisans, organise them for regular and sustainable work, engender more trust by potential clients and inculcate the spirit of professionalism.
The Director General, noted that the NDE had since its inception in 1987, designed various schemes and programmes to tackle the problem of unemployment in the country, disclosing further that among them was the ACCES.
He further encouraged the participants to always be prompt and regular while the three months training programme lasted.
In a related development, the employment generation agency, NDE has also flagged-off a nationwide job experience acquisition scheme under the Graduates Attachment Programme (GAP).
There are 30 beneficiaries of the scheme in Abia state.
Mrs Tessy Wachuku, the State Coordinator of NDE in Abia State who represented the Director General of NDE, Mallam Nuhu Abubakar Fikpo during the event, said this is another scheme of the NDE to address youth unemployment in the country.
According to him, “one of the strategies being adopted by the NDE in its job creation and generation is through provisioning of transient jobs designed to mop up the teeming unemployed persons from the streets.
He said that the GAP was specifically designed to address the alarming level of graduate unemployment by providing them with transient jobs, adding that, “Participants who are graduates of tertiary institutions and have completed their National Youth Service NYSC are attached to corporate organisations on
pupillage for between 3 to 6 months during which they will be exposed to the work environment, up-skilled and helped to develop their latent potentials.
According to Mallam Fikpo, ” the lucky ones amongst them may be retained by their transient employers.
Fikpo advised the participants to be serious and avail themselves of the rare opportunities.
Speaking, Mr. Michael Ubani, Head, Special Public Works (SPW) of NDE Abia State who represented the Director, SPW department, Mrs Roseline Olaomi on the occasion encouraged the beneficiaries to continue to practice what they have learnt and continue to be good ambassadors of the NDE wherever they may find themselves.
Mr. Silas Ebenezer Onyedikachi responding on behalf of the beneficiaries appreciated the NDE for the programmes roll out geared towards moving them to the level of self-discovery and promised to uphold the tenets of the NDE in terms of job creation, competence and self reliance.