The event had in attendance, the Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, and his counterpart from NECA, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, while GradExchange was represented by the Managing Director of Dragnet Solutions, Mr. Robert Ikazoboh.
According to Mr. Robert Ikazoboh, the Managing Director, Dragnet Solutions, the tests will be administered using Dragnet Solution’s computer based testing technology. The results of the tests and screenings will be collated into a central portal which will be easily accessible by organizations looking for suitable graduates to recruit.
Speaking further, he stated that the system will also deploy Dragnet Solutions’ biometrics technology expertise to profile graduates who use the portal. This, he said, would ensure that incidences of mercenaries and ‘ghost’ candidates are reduced to the barest minimum. “We are not going to be having incidences of job seekers impersonating others during the exams. In using our unique biometrics technology, all we will need are unique identification attributes of individuals like the finger prints, among others. And all of these come at virtually no cost to the graduates. So, it enhances their chances of getting a job,” he explained
Ikazoboh added that the system would also be of benefit to employers who seek suitable graduates to recruit, because it is faster and less cumbersome. “The process of screening graduates in Nigeria, as we all know is so costly, cumbersome and time consuming. This portal will completely eliminate the laborious task of going through thousands of applications in search of the right person. Since the applicants have already been screened electronically in the centres, all the potential employers need do is to log into the system and state the parameters they are looking for and the system will produce candidates who meet the required parameters. This way, the job search process is made easier for the job seekers and the recruiting process is made easier for recruiters,”
Speaking on the initiative, the Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, praised Dragnet Solutions for coming up with the initiative. He said: “I want to sincerely commend Dragnet Solutions for coming up with this GradExchange initiative. I see it as a national service. This is one initiative that will go a long way in stamping out unemployment in Nigeria. Graduates seeking employment will no longer need to travel to major cities in the country just to apply for jobs. All they need do is to walk into the nearest NDE Skills and Vocation Centre located all over the country to do the tests, and then it is up to the employers to decide which candidate they want. It is far easier, cheaper and convenient for everyone. That was why we bought into it immediately”
On his part, the Director General of the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, assured that the scheme had the backing of the umbrella body of employers in the country. “We can only say well done to Dragnet Solutions for the GradExchange initiative. We embraced the idea because of the simplicity and convenience that it offers. We want to say a very ‘big thank’ you to Dragnet Solutions for taking the bull by the horns because it has not been done before in this country. We are with them all the way,” Oshinowo remarked.