The Federal Government has advised unskilled and unemployed Nigerians to take advantage of employment creations programmes among other training being offered by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in ensuring they are gainfully employed and also become an employer of labour.
It explained that exploiting the arrays of opportunity and programmes offered by the directorate would help Nigeria in reducing its unemployed statistics and ensure youths are taken off the street
The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, said that through the directorate, the apex government had put in place several policies and programmes to create mass employment opportunities for the unskilled and unemployed in Nigeria.
The minister, represented by the Acting Director-General of the agency, Abubakar Fikpo, made the call in his message to the NDE Special Day at the just-concluded Enugu International Trade Fair.
He commended the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) for consistently organising the annual business gathering, noting that Trade Fairs are veritable platforms for encouraging business growth.
The minister added that the theme of the Fair: Promoting New Technologies, Business Ideas, and Strategies for Rapid Economic Growth and Development in Nigeria, is in tandem with the policy thrust of the Federal Government aimed at reviving the economy after the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his welcome address, the Acting Director-General, represented by the Director in charge of Inspectorate Services, Alfred Hoomlong, noted that about 96,000 unemployed youths and women were recruited and trained in various vocational skills by the NDE from January 2018 till now.
According to him, a total of 13,000 graduates of vocational skills had been resettled with basic equipment and start-up capital.
The Acting Director-General added that the NDE collaborated with the CBN, through the bank’s Agricultural, Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme, AGSMEIS, saying about 5,000 NDE trained persons in agricultural skills per state would be able to access loan packages from CBN.
Speaking concerning the ongoing Extended Special Public Works (ESPW) Programme, the NDE Chief Executive explained that the programme is designed to provide temporary jobs for beneficiaries who would receive a monthly allowance of N20,000.
The projects being executed, according to him, is Environment specific and include Infrastructure rehabilitation/maintenance, traffic control, street, and sweeping.
Dignitaries at the event inspected the NDE pavilion, where many successful beneficiaries of various programmes of the Directorate exhibited their goods and services.