From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), has commenced the nationwide recruitment and training of unemployed youths under her vocational development programme to enable them acquire skills in their choice trades for self-reliant.
Disclosing this in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital on Tuesday, the state coordinator, Mall Zakari Abubakar said the programme was going on simultaneously across the country, while 50 unemployed youths will be recruited in each of the 21 LGAs of Kogi State for the programme.
He said the beneficiaries would be trained on vocational trades like Hairdressing, Fashion and Design, GSM repairs, Aluminum Fabrication and Computer Appreciation for a period of 3 months.
Abubakar also disclosed that during the period of their training, the trainees will be paid monthly stipends while the master tradesmen, who they will be attached to, will also be paid allowances.
He reiterated the burning desire of the Director General of NDE, Dr. Nasiru Ladan Arugungu to create jobs for the teaming unemployed youth in fulfilment of the mandate of NDE and quest to actualize one of the objectives of the administration of President Muhammed Buhari.
He enjoined unemployed youths to avail themselves of the opportunity to be gainfully employed by registering immediately at designated offices in their local government secretariats where officials of the directorate will be available to conduct the exercise.