By Fatima Muraina
In a bid to reduce unemployment rate in the country, the National Directorate of Employment, (NDE), has commenced the training of 570 youths in the six geo-political zones across Nigeria.
The Director General of NDE, Dr. Mohammed Nasiru Ladan made this disclosure at the weekend during the Flag Off of Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) organised by the Rural Employment Promotion (REP) Department of the NDE in Mariwo, Ifedore Local Government of Ondo state.
Represented at the occasion by the state Coordinator, Barr. Abubakar Mayowa Aliu, Ladan said the programme is in fulfilment of the vision of the President Muhammed Buhari’s administration for agribusiness economy.
This, he said, is capable of delivering sustained prosperity by meeting domestic food security goals, generating exports and supporting sustainable income and job growth.
According to him, it has become imperative for the NDE to key into this government policy on agriculture in line with its primary objective of empowering youths to be self-employed and for job creation.
The SADTS programme, the Director General said, is being piloted in 19 states of the Federation which had been carefully selected to test the scheme with 30 participants with agricultural skills in which they have comparative advantage above others.
In a related development, the NDE has also commenced the training of 150 Youths in Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) in three Senatorial Districts of Ondo State.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Akure, the state Coordinator, Barrister Abubakar Mayowa Aliu said, the B-NOAS will take place at Ilutitun, Oke Ijebu and Irun/ Ogbagi in Ondo South, Central and Northern Senatorial Districts respectively for the next three months.
According to him, the beauty of training is that trendy skills that are demand-driven will be introduced in line with modern day practices to facilitate the employability of graduate trainees.
The B-NOAS, he said is as old as the NDE and remains the main scheme that has attracted highest patronage in terms of beneficiaries and popularity being the hallmark of the NDE skills acquisition training.
Barrister Aliu advised the lucky trainees to take the training serious as measures have been put in place to assess performance, punctuality and regularity during the training.
He, however, warned that the Directorate will not hesitate to replace those that are found wanting with those on the waiting list.