The Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, says government will soon enroll all graduates of the School of Hygiene onto the Youth Entrepreneurial Agency (YEA).
According to the Minister, this will be a temporary arrangement for the graduates who are yet to be posted after completing school for nearly five years.
Over 200 out of the about 1,470 graduates of the School of Hygiene on Monday picketed at the premises of the Employment Ministry to demand postings.
The graduates say they have stayed at home jobless for nearly five years as several pleas for them to be employed have proved futile.
This is the third time the graduates had picketed, after a similar one at the Flagstaff House and the Local Government Ministry.
But Haruna Iddrisu, in an interview with Citi News, called for calm as government works to find permanent jobs for them.
“It is true that government has reneged on its promise to issue the clearance letters from the Ministry of Finance and Local Government, but that notwithstanding, I made a pledge to them and I still stand by the pledge. As a stop gap measure, we will recruit all of them under the Youth
“While I work on the clearance from the Ministry of Finance and Local Government, we will absorb the 1, 470 of them under the Youth Employment Agency. They will be on such allowances and salaries as if they were on permanent employment. They have to decide between doing something and doing nothing with their own productive skills that they have acquired.”