Lagos – In the quest to reduce unemployment and make youths self-reliant, the Lagos office the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun the training of 2,500 youths in different vocations across different locations in Lagos State.
Speaking with our correspondent on the vocational skills training programme, Mr. Adebowale Ologbenla, Lagos State NDE coordinator, said that it is part of the directorate’s Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) to make youths in the state to be creative and use their hands to fend for themselves.
He said the youths are undergoing training in trades like barbing, cosmetology, bead stringing, confectionery and GSM repairs.
Ologbenla stated that the training is going on simultaneously in twenty local government council’s in Lagos, and that master trainers have been contracted to impart the skills to the participants.
He said that the training would last for three months and at the end of which the beneficiaries would be able to start their own business.
According to the NDE state coordinator, the training would have a multiplier effect on society as those who were trained in the B-NOAS programme would no longer be a burden on society and would employ other persons.
He, however, disclosed that the training of the youths is going simultaneously in the 36 states of the federation.
Ologbenla stressed the importance of acquiring skills by youths, saying that there are needs to be met, adding that it is only people who have skills that can fulfil needs in society.
He, therefore, urged those who do not have skills to acquire one skill or the other so that they can be self-sufficient.