By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Orientation programme for three months training of 1,300 unemployed youth on different entrepreneurial skills under the auspices of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced in Bauchi
Speaking at the commencement of the orientation programme for the participants Thursday, NDE Director-General Dr. Mohammed Nasir Argungu said the exercise was part of the Federal Government’s determination to tackle unemployment in the country.
Dr. Nasiru Argungu explained that the 1,300 recruited youths would be trained under the ‘Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme’ (B-NOAS) of the directorate.
Argungu, represented by the Bauchi state coordinator of the NDE, Mr. Lawan Yaya, said that the 50 youths were recruited across the 20 local government areas of the state, revealing that additional 300 were later recruited.
“This is Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme of the directorate and we will run it for three months where we recruit individuals from different Local Government Areas of the state”.
The Director-General stated, “Specifically on this one, we recruited 50 individuals from each of the 20 LGAs in Bauchi state, making it 1, 000”.
Argungu however explained that the additional 300 participants comprised of 200 women recruited for cosmetology and 100 others for special B-NOAS, making 1,300 in totality.
Argungu, who enumerated some of the skills to be acquired as tailoring, auto-mechanics, hairdressing, soap making, among others, said that each of the beneficiaries would be given the sum of N6,000 monthly as transport fare for the period of three months.
“This, I believe, would also help in motivating them to be actively involved in the training”, the NDE boss said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Mrs. Jemila Suleiman from Vocational Skills Development Department, NDE headquarters, said that the aim of the training was to impart marketable skills to the trainees.
Mrs. Suleiman therefore advised participants to take the training very seriously, stressing that it would help them to become self-reliant and employer of labour.
Mr Mujahid Sulaiman, one of the participants in the training from Toro Local Government Area of the state, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, appreciated the Federal Government and NDE for the kind gesture.
He called on others to make the best out of the training so as to become successful employers of labour.