The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Nasarawa State says the training of 1,000 unemployed youths and women in various vocational skills is part of the agency’s continuous efforts to tackle unemployment.
The Nasarawa State Coordinator of NDE, Alh. Dauda Wase, made this known on Thursday at a one-day orientation organised for the beneficiaries at the NDE Skills Centre in Lafia.
He said that at the end of the training, unemployed youths and women would be equipped with skills that would enable them to become not only self-reliant, but major contributors to the development of the society as well.
He added that the trainees were exposed to the basic rudiments of vocation.
“These include rules, regulations, code of conduct and conditions governing the different vocations,” he said
According to him, 550 beneficiaries are under the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) training in the three NDE Skill Centres located in each of the senatorial districts in the state.
“And some informal sector artisans across the state.
“Another 400 women will be trained in cosmetology skills such as making of pomades soaps, insecticide, hair creams, and perfumes, among others across the State.
“Another set of 50 youths are doing their training under the Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme, making a total of 1,000 youths and women to be trained in different skills,” he said.
According to the coordinator, the duration of the training for all the acquisition of the skills is three months, except for cosmetology, which will take two weeks.
The state coordinator commended the Federal Government for the efforts it is making to address unemployment in the country.
Also speaking, Alh. Suleiman Ajanah, an Assistant Director at NDE Headquaters, Abuja called on the participants to see the training as an opportunity to be self-employed and an employer of labour.
He said that it was better to teach one how to catch fish than to give his or her fish to eat.
Earlier, Mr. Rotgak Go’ar, Head of Vocational Training of the NDE in the state, urged the participants to take their training seriously in order to move out of the labour market.