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The National Directorate of Employment has commenced skills acquisition training for no fewer than 300 youths drawn from the 36 states of the federation.
An additional 50 persons from different parts of the country were also said to be benefitting from a newly-introduced community initiative job creation programme.
The Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, made the remarks during the opening ceremony for 100 craftsmen who had earlier been trained by the directorate in Ogun State, a statement said on Thursday.
The craftsmen were said to have been recalled for the Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme which would afford them access to current technology and practices.
Mohammed said, “Three hundred unemployed youths in each of the 36 states of the federation and FCT Abuja are currently under-going vocational acquisition programmes at the NDE skills acquisition centres in the following trades; arc and welding, GSM repairs, computer training, fashion design, catering, hair dressing and other job creation skills.
“In addition, another 50 persons drawn from each of the 36 states including the FCT are currently benefitting in a gender-friendly Community Based Training Scheme, a newly introduced community initiative job creation programme, to provide wealth creation for restless youths in communities across the country.
“In Ogun State for instance, the scheme has provided relevant assistance in the area of training and provision of resettlement packages in fashion design, local fabrics, and GSM repairs, vulcanizing, hair-dressing.”
The DG said the various acquisition skills programmes, agricultural business oriented schemes, entrepreneurial development, and the special public works recurrent employment – generation opportunities had started yielding empirical evidences across the country.
While regretting the unemployment challenges in the country, he said youths were also avoiding the realities of making a living through self-employment.
Mohammed added that ongoing recruitment, training and resettlement exercises across the nation for unemployed Nigerians were undertaken by the agency to create more jobs.
The NDE Coordinator, Ogun State, Mr. Femi Oyenekan, said the A-NAOS initiative was put in place to make graduate craftsmen relevant in the labour market.
SOURCE: PUNCH

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