Nigerian Third Class degree holders and graduates with Pass degrees have been excluded from subscribing to the 20, 000 Jubilee Fellows programme for young graduates into the nations Private and Public sectors.
Recall president Muhammadu Buhari had promised to take over 100 million Nigerians including Nigerian graduates out of poverty in ten years.
The federal government job match-making scheme, is meant for young Nigeria graduates to gain post graduate work and useful experiences in both public and public sectors and create a pathway for knowledge partners and mentors.
The scheme is in collaboration of MSME’s Clinic, Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON, Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, and other relevant government agencies.
The Special Assistant on innovation to the President, Mr. Nife Adebayo, said this at the Good morning Nigeria Nigerian Television Authority, NTA programme tagged, “Implementation of Jubilee Fellows programme” a forth night ago.
He said only First Class, Second Class Upper and Lower Divisions from Nigerian Universities and Distinction, Upper and Lower Credits from Nigerian Polytechnics, must have graduated in not more than five years ago and not above 30-year-old are eligible to apply in the online job registration portal.
He explained that age restrictions and third Class holders and other Nigerian graduates can take advantage of the window of entrepreneurial opportunities that had been created by the Federal ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment such as NDE, SMEDAN, and others and would be made to go through a screening process before they will be finally shortlisted.
Justifying the alleged discrimination against holders of Third Class and Pass graduates, Adebayo said, “The programme like I said was designed in active consultation with the private sector and these are some of the requests that were made by persons from the private sector.
“But it is also important to understand that firefly, this programme is going to give us a lot of data. Every year, we have to review it. We have to look at what has been done right and what can be done better; And also, this is one programme out of the numerous government programmes.
Also responding, Mr. Karma Bakrin, Technical Adviser to Nigeria minister of Industry Trade, and Investment, said we are doing this in partnership with the private sector. You cannot mandate them (the private sector) to take a pass or a Third Class.
“It may very well be for a sort of roles they want these people to play. It doesn’t just work. So, one has to take into cognisance. We are talking about 20,000 graduates in a Country that produces about 1.5 million graduates every year”, he stressed.
Giving further details on the modalities for enrolment into the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme, the Special Assistant on innovation to the President stated that the job placement portal has been opened since Monday September 6, 2021.
He revealed that over 120,000 persons had applied for the job placement under the supervision of the Federal ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment such as NDE, SMEDAN, and others relevant agencies throughout the 5-year Jubilee Programme.
Adebayo also explained that qualified and successful persons would be remunerated enough to take care of their basic needs and elk a living which makes the scheme different from N-Power scheme for young Nigerian graduates.
He further explained that talks between the Stakeholders and the government representatives under the National Economic Council, NEC chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on how to work out the mode of operation.
Speaking on the specific requirements for online application, the Presidential aide said: “To apply, you must be 30-year-old or below. You must have graduated earlier than 27 years and must have concluded your NYSC programme. The applicant must have a minimum of 22 with a Bsc or HND equivalent from a Higher Institution of learning. And you also need to have a valid identity identity card and your NYSC discharged Certificate and school Certificate”.