NDE establishes 48 skill acquisition centres nationwide

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ndeThe National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has established 48 skill acquisition centres nationwide to train youths on various skills.

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The Director-General of the NDE, Malam Abubakar Mohammed, made the disclosure in Jos on Friday.

He was speaking at the disbursement of some facilities to graduates of the NDE’s National Open Apprenticeship Scheme.

Represented by Mrs Maureen Isiche, the Director of Planning and Research of the NDE, Abubakar said that the establishment of the centres was one of the steps taken to reposition the NDE to meet its mandate.

Mohammed said that the centres were established in collaboration with the Office of the Millennium Development Goals in line with the Vision 20: 2020.

According to him, the centres are located in Benue, Edo, Enugu, Gombe, Katsina, Ogun, Abia, Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Akwa-Ibom, Nasarawa, Ondo, Sokoto, Yobe and Imo.

“While the ones in the above states are fully operational, rehabilitation work is in progress in Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kwara, Oyo and the FCT.

“The centres will be established in other states, including Plateau State in subsequent phases,’’ he said.

Mohammed said that the directorate had repositioned itself to key into the concept of stimulating the economy through the informal sector by re-engineering its skills acquisition scheme.

He said that the NDE had recognised the mass employment potential of the ICT sector.

According to him, the NDE over the last few years ventured into the sector to provide life lines to unemployed Nigerians.

The Plateau State Coordinator of the NDE, Ms Joyce Yarnap, in her remarks, said that over 40,000 youths were trained under the skills acquisition programmes of the NDE in Plateau, since the inception of the NDE in 1997.

Yarnap said that most of the beneficiaries of the training were doing well in their various chosen fields.

She said that the overall objective of NDE was to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country by training youths in various skills to enable them to be self-reliant.

According to her, the NDE is not resting on its oars in ensuring that unemployment is brought to its barest minimum in the country.

“Today is yet another opportunity for the NDE to empower youths who have been successfully trained in various vocational skills.

“The aim is to prevent them from wasting their potential or falling back into unemployment.

“The beneficiaries are being resettled with productive assets in carpentry, catering, hairdressing, electrical installation, welding, shoe-making and auto mechanics.

“All the resettlement items are given to the beneficiaries in form of loan which they are expected to repay  and they  have six months moratorium and 42 months to pay back,’’ she explained.

She commended the trainers for their contributions which facilitated the attainment and mandate of the NDE.

Yarnap said that transition of unemployed youths to become self-reliant could not have been possible without the master trainers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the occasion featured testimonies from former trainees whose lives had been turned around because of the skills they had acquired.

Mrs Tabitha Husein, a baker, who was trained by the NDE in 2004 said that she was doing well and currently employing 11 people in her bakery.

“I use what NDE taught me as stepping stone to achieve my dream of owing a bakery of international standard.

“Due to the skills I received from NDE, I wrote a business proposal to the Federal Government U-win Programme and I won N10 million which I invested in my bakery business,’’ she said.

NAN reports that a total of 17 youths were empowered at the occasion. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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