By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Another five hundred unemployed youth selected from across Niger State were on Thursday listed to commence a three months intensive training programme under the intervention of the National Directorate of Employment, (NDE).
The 500 unemployed persons are to be trained on Vocational Skills Department of the directorate.
Acting Director General of the NDE, Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo said at the start of the training programme in Minna, the Niger state capital that the directorate is determined to continue to create employment and empowerment opportunities as part of it’s efforts to reduce unemployment in the country.
Represented by Jamila Suleiman of the Directorate’s Vocational Skills Department at the headquarters of the NDE, Fikpo said beneficiaries are to be trained in various spheres including tailoring, catering, fashion design, hair dressing among others.
The acting Director General urged the beneficiaries of the training programme to be diligent and determined to end the scourge of unemployment.
Niger state Coordinator of the NDE, Abubakar Abdulmalik Liman had earlier in his address of welcome at the start of the training exercise, explained that twenty persons were selected from each of the twenty five council areas of the state to form the bulk of those to draw down the skills acquisition training programme.
The Vocational Skills Development programme is under the directorate’s Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme – (B NOAS) which is aimed at reducing poverty and unemployment amongst citizens.
The NDE is in partnership with Nigeria’s apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) to give out capital as soft credit facilities to those trained and certificated by the NDE to start up their respective trades and wealth creation businesses.
A fortnight ago, the NDE flagged off the commencement of job creation across Nigeria’s 774 local government areas in a massive efforts to redress unemployment in the country.