Efforts by the federal government to tackle unemplyment and boast job creation has receive a boast as the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is putting finish-touches to its six model Skills Acquisition Training Centres nationwide especially the one located in Bwari FCT Abuja.
Ending Youth unemployment in the country has been a major headache for succesive governments.
Experts however, blamed what they described as the refusal of youths to embrace skills acquisition and the failure of governemnt to make skills acquisiton attractive to the youths as one major reason for the continous rise in number of unemployed youths in the country.
According to the Director General of NDE, Dr Mohammed Nasir Ladan, the new initiative of the Directorate to renovate its skills centres is to ensure good training delivery to unemployed persons in order to checkmate rising unemployment in the country.
The Director General added that the Seventy Four (75) Skills Centre nationwide will receive major facelift because of the urgent need to encourage unskilled and unemployed persons to acquire marketable skills which is the driver of robust employment generation in the country.
He disclosed that the Abuja model Skills Acquisition Centre which was hitherto completed but partly abandoned now has its boys and girls hostels converted into office spaces for NDE North Central and FCT offices. The ICT block and other facilities therein are totally renovated with provisions of computer accessories and inbuilt electrical wiring gadgets which simplify training procedures.
LEADERSHIP also gathered that the workshop building which houses Electric Installation, Fashion Designing, Plumbing, Autotronics, Carpentry, GSM Repairs, Computer Installation and Repairs Departments went through a complete overhaul and rehabilitation with the wooden roof structure completely removed and replaced with iron supports.
In a similar development, the Skills Acquisition Training Centre donated by late senator Mustafa Buka of Katsina State is in advanced stage of upgrade and will be ready to commence training activities within the third quarter of the year 2018. The late senator who represented Daura Senatorial district of Katsina State, in the Upper legislative house while alive donated the Skills Acquisition Centre to the NDE to motivate and empower the unemployed youths in Katsina State. Plans are underway, by the Directorate to commission the skills center in 2018.
According to the NDE Director General, apart from the rehabilitation of the skills centres with modern equipment, NDE has procured vehicles that will serve as shuttle buses to some of the skills centres. NDE, according to him, is committed to providing marketable skills to willing Nigerians for the purpose of self-employment and reliance. NDE has 74 Skills acquisition training centres in the federation and is building more. The Director General said the employment creation activities of NDE are consistent with declared policy objectives of the Mohammed Buhari led administration.
Recently, the Directorate under the leadership of its Director General, Dr Mohammed Nasir Ladan, took skills acquisition training to the Palace of Ooni of Ife, Osun State, to train youths and women on marketable skills and micro enterprises. The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, donated a piece of land to the NDE and requested that a skills acquisition centre be built in Ile Ife. Construction work has since commenced.
The Ooni who was elated and obviously happy about the NDE training initiative in his palace gave kudos to the NDE saying “If you take good care of women, you take care of the nation”. According to him, women are the mothers of the nations and any benefit made for the women is considered benefit for the nation.
“It is about time to change the poverty level of the nation by women empowerment. If you empower women it will be a lot easier to empower the youth of the country”. Ooni said
Also, the Directorate said it has concluded arrangements to resettle some of its Cosmetology graduated trainees under the Vocational Skills Development (VSD) Programme. Over Ninety Six thousand (96,000) unemployed youths and jobless women were recruited for training by the NDE in the second quarter of the year 2018.
According to the NDE Director General, Dr. Mohammed Nasir Ladan Argungu, the thirteen thousand (13,000) customized starter packs are the resettlement kits for the first batch of graduands recruited early in 2018. Other beneficiaries are to be resettled before the end of the year.
He said that graduands from thirteen states of the federation are to benefit from the starter packs. The States and identities of the graduands are being worked out, he added. The loan package which comes with a cash component has also a single digit interest rate and it is to be repaid in two years having three months moratorium.
Currently Skills-set that are being covered nationwide by the NDE’s multiple skills acquisition programme include Cosmetology, ICT, Catering Services, Welding, Metal Fabrication, GSM Repair, Barbing, Carpentry, Tie and Dye, Computer Repairs, Applications and many more.
The Director General said that the multi-faceted skills acquisition training programmes and empowerment exercises embarked upon nationwide by the NDE is part of the desperate and meticulous efforts of the Federal Government to wrest jobless Nigerians from the claws of the unemployment monster and improve on the employment profile of the country. He added that the remarkable progress in the implementation of employment creation programme of the NDE is expected to generate millions of blue collar jobs which would in turn stimulate and transform the national economy before the close of the year 2018.
Just last week, Twenty Five (25) male youths in the North Central zone in Abuja went through a two (2) week training on Interlocking Bricks, Conventional Brick Molding, Hydrophone Bricks and laying demonstrations. The trainees were able to produce over twenty five thousand pieces of assorted bricks while the training lasted.
According to Abdullahi Kabir, a participant of the training programme based in Bwari, “the training has opened another life opportunity for me because with just ten thousand (N10, 000.00) naira I will become self-employed. We now know how to produce different varieties of bricks with right measurement of materials. Again, we have become experts in the art of brick laying especially the hydrophone and interlock bricks.”
Apart from the Vocational Skills Trainings of the NDE from which beneficiaries have grown in leaps and bounds in the last one year, other employment creation programmes and schemes which have produced over three hundred thousand (300,000) beneficiaries include the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS), Rural Employment Promotion (REP) Programme, Small Scale Enterprises (SSE) Programme, and the Special Public Works (SPW) programme.
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