No fewer than 300 unemployed graduates from Akwa Ibom State have completed Graduate Assistance Programme (GAP) sponsored by the state government and NNPC/Exxon Mobil.
This is sequel to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state government and Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited in 2008 for the training of unemployed graduates on Information and Communication Technology to make them self-reliant.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Governor Udom Emmanuel reiterated the commitment of his administration to equip the youths of the state with relevant skills required by mega organisations around the globe.
Emmanuel, represented by the commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Obot, said the programme has helped to bridge the gap between learning in the school and working in the field as well as equip the graduates with the needed skills and practical knowledge for gainful employment in the larger society.
The governor, who lamented that the recent statistics of unemployment rate world over stands at 80 per cent, said with GAP, there is hope the country will experience economic boom one day.
He thanked NNPC/Mobil Joint Venture and knowledge partners for sharing the vision and passion of the state government in youth development and improvement.
In his address, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Nestor Udo, noted that the state cannot profess globalisation and fails to key into programmes that will prepare youths of the state.