The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it will create 10,656 jobs for graduates of Education-related courses under its Graduate Coaching Scheme (GCS).
Malam Abubakar Mohammed, the NDE Director-General, said this in an address to the Micro-Trade Fair for NDE beneficiaries in North-Central zone held in Lokoja on Tuesday.
The theme of the trade fair is “Job Creation Through the Promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises for Economic Development”.
Mohammed said the directorate had in October 2012 introduced the GCS to create jobs as well as “solve the national malaise of mass failure in public examinations’’.
According to him, the scheme is aimed at helping candidates with deficiencies in public examinations like WAEC, NECO and JAMB, to improve their grades through proper coaching.
Represented by Mr Jibrin Aye, the Director, Inspectorate Division, Mohammed said the trade fair would enable exhibitors establish contacts outside their immediate localities.
He said the NDE had trained unemployed graduates on the use of mobile phones to conduct financial transactions and some for mobile banking business in Nigeria.
Mohammed thanked Kogi Government for its cooperation, noting that the partnership would go a long way in poverty reduction and increased wealth through creation of employment opportunities.
Governor Idris Wada, represented by one of his Senior Special Assistants, Mr Henry Ukwubile, said the focus of solving unemployment had shifted from government white collar jobs to self-employment.