NDE urges youths to access skills acquisition programs

From Umar Dankano, Yola

The Director General of National Directorate of Employment, (NDE) Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo has charged Nigerian youths to access various skills acquisition programmes provided by the directorate for entrepreneurship to attain self reliance and sufficiency.

Mal. Fikpo gave the charge yesterday at the commencement of a four-day basic business training (BBT) for 30 beneficiaries of the enviropreneurship development scheme in Yola, Adamawa state capital.

Represented at the occasion by Abdulkadir Abdlkareem, HOD (Vocational Skills development department), Fikpo said that the BBT was approved by the management of the directorate to be conducted in the 36 states of the Federation and FCT Abuja with 30 beneficiaries per state.

Fikpo explained that, the beneficiaries are the collection of those trainees that had undergone a three (3) months intensive training on scraps collection and blacksmith skills by using waste materials for production of several products as a means for wealth creation.

Fikpo urged the artisans to be good ambassadors of the directorate by extending the knowledge acquired to the larger society with a view to reducing unemployed youths.

In his welcome address, State Cordinator of the directorate (NDE), Mohammed Jimada Ibrahim said the 30 trainees were equipped with entrepreneurship skills training purposely to create massive employment opportunities amongst unemployed youths.

Represented by Zainab A. Audu, HOD, Rural Employment Department, Jimada Ibrahim appealed to the beneficiaries to concentrate thoroughly as the instructors will be training them on theoretical aspects of setting up a businesses.

While congratulating them for the opportunity accorded by government, Jimada stated that the training given would expose them to various knowledge necessary for the growth of their respective businesses.

Earlier the HOD, Small Scale Enterprises Department of the Directorate, Mrs Na’amar Jonah announced that the trainees will be taught forms of businesses and legal responsibility, cash management, source of funds and professional advises.

Mrs Jonah said more areas of concentration are record keeping, Management of workforce, business ethics, costing of products and services as well as purchasing and stock control among others.

In a separate interviews, beneficiaries of the training, Mustapha Mukai’la and Aisha Adamu expressed gratitude to the NDE noting that the opportunity was awesome and educative.

They revealed that the take aways from the program will go a long way in nurturing their businesses urging youths to subscribe to the training opportunities available at the directorate for entrepreneurship and societal developments.

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