From Tunde Suleman, Minna
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is training 410 unemployed persons in Niger Sate under various schemes.
This is part of the NDE strategies in carrying out its statutory mandate of combating mass unemployment through skills acquisition, self-employment and labour intensive works.
“The NDE/ MDGs/ DRGs Skills acquisition Centres located in Minna, Bida
and Kontagora has a total number of 360 unemployed youths undergoing a five-month Vocational Training in Computer, GSM repairs, plumbing, Welding Satellite maintenance, Catering among others,” according to a statement by the Information and Public Relations Officer, Niger State Directorate of NDE, Mrs. Hellen A. Abu in Minna, the Niger State capital.
Abu added that under the Environmental Beautification Training scheme on the other hand, a total of 50 unemployed youths have been posted to Master Trainers to undergo training in fabrication and maintenance of Interlocking stones, Concrete paving, hand railing, kerbs and plaster of Paris ( PoP).
‘It is expected that at the end of their training, the youths will be adequately positioned to be self-employed and eventually employ others’, she added.
The statement stated that the Director, Human Resources Department at the Headquarters of the Directorate in Abuja, Mrs. Victoria Awosemo who is currently in Niger State on a Monitoring exercise of the scheme, while speaking at the Bida centre, charged the state government, corporate bodies, NGOs and well-meaning Nigerians to close ranks with a view to assisting beneficiaries with equipment to set up their own businesses on completion of their trainings.
This, according to the director, will go a long way in boosting the economy of the state and the country in general.