From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced the training of 150 unemployed youths in Kogi state in various vocational Skills that will make them self-reliant.
The training is decentralized to accommodate 50 persons in each of the 21 Local Government Area of the State to reduce the cost of movement for the beneficiaries.
The Director General (NDE), Mallam Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu, in his keynote address during the orientation programme for the beneficiaries in Lokoja yesterday, reiterated the desire of President Muhammadu Buhari to create jobs for the teaming unemployed youths across the country.
He expressed the confidence that at the end of the training, these apprentices will establish their own businesses and contribute their own quota to the nation’s economy in addition to the likelihood of employing or training others.
He urged them to shun all forms of negative vices such as prostitution and thuggery that are prevalent among youths these days.
The Director General was represented by Mr Charles Aye who also flagged – off the orientation programme across the state.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the Kogi State Coordinator of NDE, Mallam Zakari Abubakar explained that the Director-General of NDE decided to decentralised the program this time around to enable the beneficiaries have easy access for the training without much difficulties.
He said that each of the apprentice will be attached to Master Trainers to enable them acquire the skills of their chosen trades in Aluminum Fabrication, Catering, Cosmetology amongst others.
Abubakar disclosed that each trainee will be paid monthly stipend of N2,000 while the trainers will also receive payment from NDE for impacting the skills and enjoined the trainees to take their training seriously.
Responding on behalf of the other trainees, Mrs Modupe Ibikunle thanked the NDE and the Federal Government for giving them the opportunity to acquire the skills of their choice and promise to do their best to reciprocate the gesture through their contribution to the economy after training.