From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has concluded arrangement for immediate recruitment of 1,300 unemployed persons in Kogi state under its skills acquisition programme.
The state coordinator of NDE in Kogi, Mallam Abdul Ibrahim Ndaman who disclosed this to journalists in Lokoja said the gesture is in line with the federal government’s efforts to redeem its promise of job creation for the nation’s teeming population.
He said that all the state offices of NDE had been directed to commence the recruitment and placement of unemployed persons for training under its programs.
The Kogi state NDE coordinator hinted that arrangement will also be made to train 5000 youths under the small scale enterprises program.
According to him, the breakdown of the initial recruitment shows that 1000 unemployed persons will acquire basic vocational skills in trades such as cosmetology, hair dressing, aluminum fabrication, electrical installation and GSM repairs while 50 skilled persons previously trained by the directorate will undergo an advanced skill acquisition program to improve their proficiency.
He said that during this excise, 100 women earlier trained in cosmetology will be re-settled with equipment to enable them start their own businesses.
He also told newsmen that 50 youths interested in the construction industry will be trained in the area of plaster of paris application, and soft/hard landscaping under the supervision of the special public works department.
The coordinator further disclosed that 150 unemployed persons will be given opportunity to be trained in agricultural production and its value chain, food processing and packaging or a three months training under the “sustainable agricultural development training scheme”.
He said that all the trainers and successful trainees would be paid stipends/or allowances during the program.