The National Directorate of Employment , in Kano State, on Friday, commenced training of 1, 000 unemployed women and Youths on skills acquisition, under its Advanced and Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (NOAS).
The state NDE coordinator, Alhaji Iliyasu Ahmed, disclosed this, at an orientation ceremony organised for the beneficiaries of the training programme in Kano.
He said that the beneficiaries who were selected from the 34 local government areas of the state, would be trained on Cosmetology, GSM repairs, soap and pomade making, among others.
According to him, the training was designed to stimulate business initiatives of the target beneficiaries, to enable them identify opportunities leading to creation of wealth and enhance their socio-economic status.
“Today marks another milestone in the fight against unemployment, the monster responsible for the socio-economic problems bedeviling the nation.
“The training will provide an avenue for self-reliance, in addition to providing the participants with the ability to put their potentials into practice and reduce the growing rate of unemployment among the youth,”he said.
The state coordinator said that the task of providing job opportunities to the teeming number of unemployed youths, requires concerted efforts and close collaboration with NDE.
He said that this was necessary so that other youths could also benefit from these golden opportunities.
He,therefore,advised all the beneficiaries to make the best use of the golden opportunities provided them by the government, in order to be self-reliant.
Earlier in his remarks, the NDE Director General, Mohammed Ladan, said the training was in line with the present administration’s commitment, toward addressing the unemployment crisis in the country.
He assured the participants that the Directorate would provide them with starter packs and certain amount of money, to enable them start their own businesses.
The Director General called on the beneficiaries to take the training programme seriously, as there were many people who were not opportuned to be selected to participate in the programme.
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode