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Ondo: NDE Trains 540 Unemployed Youths On Various Skill

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By Niyi Olutunde, Akure

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), on Thursday said it had trained no fewer than 540 unemployed youths on various vocations in the 18 Local Government Areas of Ondo State.

Mr Dare Awokoya, State Coordinator of NDE, stated this during the opening ceremony/ Orientation of 2020 Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B- NOAS) Trainees held in Akure

According to him, the NDE had remained the main scheme that had attracted the highest patronage in terms of beneficiaries and popularity, said that B-NOAS was one of the component of NDE in the country.

“Today marks another batch of B -NOAS trainees that will undergo three months intensive training in all the local government areas and at the NDE/ skill acquisition center situated at Ikare- Akoko, Ilutitun and Akure.

“A total of 540 trainees made up of 30 trainees per local government are involved in various skills acquisition, including tailoring and hairdressing,” he said.

Awokoya, therefore, advised trainees to be up and doing during the training period as measures had been put in place to access their performance, punctuality and regularity.

The NDE coordinator also appealed to all stakeholders in employment generation in the country to augment the effort of the NDE in combating the unabated menace of unemployment over the year, saying NDE could not do it alone.

Also speaking, Mr James Solomon, an Assistant Director, NDE, Abuja, who represented the Director General of NDE, Dr Mohammed Argungu, explained that the directorate would be giving each trainees and trainers a monthly stipend for the period of the training.

Argungu charged trainees to be self reliant and be serious with the program so that NDE’s efforts would not be wasted at the end.

“The trainees need to take it seriously because many are roaming aimlessly about. You know how much it will cost you to even approach an individual for training. Now that NDE is doing it on your behalf , you have to make good use of the opportunity ,” he said.

One of the trainees, Mrs Olabisi Ekunsumi, who, appreciated the NDE for the laudable program, said that the gesture would go a long way to alleviate poverty in the country.

“This program is a laudable one because we are being trained freely to get something in life and to alleviate poverty.

“As it is in Nigeria now, some minds are not settled, some are thinking of suicide while some are thinking of committing evil things. But if you are engaged in this kind of skill acquisition, you will not be thinking of evil again,” she said.

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