The Director General (DG) of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Dr. Nasiru Arugungu has said that youth unemployment has been of great concern to President Muhammadu Buhari since he assumed office.
Argungu stated this in an address he presented at the flag-off ceremony and orientation of the 2018 Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS) programme for 50 youth from Abia State in Umuahia, the capital.
“In view of this, he has within his short period in office succeeded in promoting decent employment opportunities for the teeming youth population with the aim of addressing the issue and reducing poverty to its barest minimum,” argued.
Represented by the state Director of the NDE, Lady Buchi Ojei, he said apart from the EBTS, the body plans to empower over 11,000 micro businesses with N10,000.00 through its Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme (MEES).
The director said as part of his bid to confront the challenge head-on, the federal government recently empowered over 20,000 cosmetology trained women across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
He expressed optimism that before long, the trainees would through multiplier effect create several other jobs, thus having positive impact on the real sector of the economy of the state.
The DG said the trainees will be trained on landscape and designing; floor and wall tiling, Plaster of Paris (PoP) fixing and maintenance of interlocking stones, kerbs and soft landscaping among others.
His words, “Vocational skills is also a vehicle for a person to reassert one’s own dignity, occupy a productive place and feel useful and contribute positively to the family and society at large”.
Argungu, who urged youth in the state to take advantage of the numerous NDE programmes to make themselves useful to their families, communities and the nation enjoined the trainees to take the programme serious.
In his speech, at the ocassion, the Head of Department Special Public Works (SPW), Mr. Albert Onuoha revealed that measures and efforts have been put in place for the commence of the programme in earnest.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, one of the trainnees, Miss Joy Akilo commended the directorate for introducing the programme, assuring that they would abide by the rules guiding it.