The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has advocated youth empowerment as a fundamental strategy to revamping the nation’s economy. The directorate said that governments at the federal, state and local levels should make conscious efforts to carry the youths along in the planning and implementation of economic polices.
The director general of the NDE, Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan, who spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, through the director of the Inspectorate Department of the Agency, Alh Abdullahi Mohammed, further made this known when speaking to journalists, he said that the directorate has a new policy strategy, which has the Skills for Job Training Component known as the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).
“Youth development is central to economic and human development’. For this reason and in order to achieve sustainable growth, the talents, creativity and entrepreneurial vigour of our youth are highly required.” He called on states to key into the new initiative to promote employability.
In her welcome remark, the NDE YESSO Focal Person, Mrs Roseline Silvia Olaomi, reminded states participating in the Skills for Job that the Output-Based State-led Skills for Job sub-component is going to be run side-by side with the Skills for job main component especially now that the second pilot circle of the training is currently going-on in Kwara, Ekiti, Oyo and Niger while Bauchi, Cross River, Kogi, and Osun will soon start.