By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
THE Federal Government, through the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, has concluded plans to float a new employment scheme early in January 2020.
The new scheme, according to a statement issued by the NDE Deputy Director Information and Public Relations, Mr. Edmund Onwuliri, is known as Artisans in Collaborative Construction Employment Scheme, ACCES.
Onwuliri said it is designed to create a pool of skilled, competent and employable persons in the construction sector.
The statement further explained that scheme will be anchored by the Special Public Works Department of the Directorate with an effective take-off date of January 10, 2022 in 13 states of the federation.
It said, “ACCES is principally designed as a collaborative initiative between the NDE and other relevant stakeholders and organisations in the construction sector such as domestic and multinational construction outfits and professional bodies in the construction space, to ensure that participants imbibe the standards of the various professions in the construction industry.
“The scheme also aims at imparting industry-led competency skills as well as providing appropriate certification to artisans under relevant professional bodies.
The scheme is expected to provide a more reliable and dependable pool of skilled workforce for the construction industry in Nigeria, establish an avenue for improving and upgrading the skills of artisans. Furthermore, ACCES is expected to provide a platform to organize artisans for regular and sustainable work apart from inculcating in them, the spirit of professionalism and engendering more trust by the paying public.
“Graduates of the various schemes of the NDE that are relevant to the construction industry such as Environmental Beautification Scheme (EBTS), Basic Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), Advanced Open Apprenticeship Scheme (A-NOAS) as well as other artisans across the benefiting states will constitute the initial intake into the scheme.”
It also said that the NDE has worked out modalities which will ensure that over time, regulatory bodies such as the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB), Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyor’s and Valuers (NIESV), Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA) and others will provide the necessary guidance towards the certification of the artisans.
“Similarly, artisans recruited for the scheme will undergo documentation and a period of orientation before being deployed to construction firms for hands-on training and experience,” it stated.
The benefiting states of the scheme as it debuts in January 2022 are Imo, Lagos, Kano, Borno, Oyo, Nasarawa, and Adamawa.
Others include, Sokoto, Enugu, Yobe, Niger, Taraba and Delta states