The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has flagged off the training of 1320 youths and women from Kano State on vocational and entrepreneurship skills.
Speaking at the orientation ceremony for the beneficiaries in Kano, the NDE Director General, Dr Nasiru Ladan disclosed that the programme was purposefully designed to empower unemployed youths for self-reliance.
Ladan, who was represented by Malam Umar Yusuf, stressed that the mandate of the directorate was to banish poverty through creation of job opportunities for the unemployed youths.
According to him the vocational skills is one of NDE’s job creation programmes primarily concerned with providing productive and marketable skills to unemployed youths, men and women in the country.
He added that the skills acquisition interventions had remained a veritable tool in combating mass unemployment since the inception of the agency in 1987.
The director general noted that vocational skills were central to human survival in any country with high unemployment rate, appealing to the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity provided them to create wealth and become employer of labour.
The State Coordinator, Alhaji Ahmed Iliyasu, said the programme should be seen as a tool for poverty reduction, wealth creation and employability, urging the trainees to be appreciative, diligent and creative with the skills to be acquired in order to cope with the existing realities in the society.
“The orientation and induction is organized to enable our selected participants to have a pre-knowledge of what the training entails and what should be expected of them in the course of the training,” he said.