The Nasarawa State Government has commended the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for tackling unemployment in the country and improving the economic lives of Nigerians.
Ahmed expressed the state government’s readiness to collaborate with the agency in employment generation and reducing dependency in the state.
“The NDE and the state can strategise to reduce unemployment and other social vices such as prostitution, rape, theft and kidnapping, among others.
“Other areas that exist for collaboration between the NDE and the Nasarawa government are employment generation, reduction in dependency, improving the wellbeing and standard of living of the people.
“Improving the income level of the people and creating enabling environment for development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in the state.
“I have been informed that the Micro Enterprises Enhancement Scheme (MSSE) is designed to provide soft-loan to facilitate and boost the performance of small and medium scale enterprises in the state.
“Nasarawa state is a home of solid minerals, where most of the people are engaged in various levels of related businesses.
“The MEES cannot be held at any time in the state than now. The sector remains the major area of Job creation and self-employment, where the state government is equally giving priority attention,” he said.
Ahmed appealed to the NDE to consider the state in all of its activities, pledging that the state on its part would always provide an enabling environment for the success of the agency’s activities.
The SSG urged residents and people of the state to cooperate and support Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration to succeed.
Dr Nasiru Argungu, the Director-General of NDE, said the gesture was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of helping the less privileged in the society and also in commemoration of the 2019 International Widows Day.
Argungu, who was represented by Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, the agency’s Head of Department of Procurement, said the loan was under Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme (MEES) aimed at assisting the widows to engage in income generating activities for self reliance.
Earlier, the Nasarawa State NDE Coordinator, Alhaji Dauda Idris-Wase said 113 widows of police officers were to receive N10,000 each.
“However, only 74 of them had now fully completed their documentation.
“And so will get their packages today. The remaining ones will also be given theirs immediately they complete the required documentation,” he said.
Responding, Mrs Julia Dakat, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, thanked the government for the gesture and called for its sustenance.