By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh
UCHUNU DOMINICA OGE: Many beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s Job Creation Scheme have continued to share amazing testimonies of how the scheme took them out of the streets and made them meaningfully engaged to live a life of self-reliance. One of such beneficiaries is Oge Dominica Uchunu. She hails from Ndokwa West Local Government Area and has HND in Computer Science from the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku. She is a beneficiary of the Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP) and now works with Animal Care Services Consult Nig. LTD, Asaba. She began as an intern. After six months of internship, she was retained by the company and has since been promoted to the position of Senior Officer 1 in ICT Department of the organization.
“I enrolled in the programme four years ago. I applied to Animal Care Konsult, Asaba because they needed a graduate who studied Computer Science to assist them. Indeed, job creation office gave me a letter of recommendation to them as a GEEP candidate. Without any delay, I resumed work as an ICT Support in the company, where I was trained in their mode of operation. The GEEP programme was scheduled to run for six months with a monthly stipend of thirty thousand naira paid into my bank account by the state government.
“During the training, I was expected to abide with the company’s rules and regulations of being a good team player. I was trained on some ethics concerning the job; some tasks were given to me to handle which I did, and succeeded in. At the end of the programme, the company absorbed me as one of their staff, based on my performance during the training.
“I am excited to work in such a meaningful and creative environment From an ICT Support staff, I am now a Senior Officer 1 in ICT in the company.
“I would like to formally thank the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, for his efforts at ensuring success of the programme and to Governor Okowa for initiating such an amazing programme called GEEP to help reduce youth unemployment.