NDE To Train 6,250 Unemployed Youths In Kebbi
The National Directorate Employment (NDE) has started the training of 6,250 unemployed youths who are drawn from the 21 local government areas of Kebbi State.
The Director-General of NDE, Dr Nasiru Ladan, who made this known at a news conference in Birnin-Kebbi on Friday, said that the beneficiaries would be trained in skill acquisition and agricultural ventures.
Ladan, who was represented by the Kebbi State Coordinator of NDE, Mohammed Zogirma, said that the training was part of the agency’s mandate aimed at reducing unemployment in the country.
“We are to train 700 unemployed youths in cosmetology, 300 youths in other skills and 50 youths in Advanced-National Open Apprenticeship Skills (A-NOAS).
“Fifty unemployed youths would be trained under the Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS), 50 others would be trained in sustainable agricultural projects, while 50 youths would receive training under the Resettlement Loan Scheme; making total of 1,250.
“In addition to this, the Directorate will soon embark on its Basic Business Training (BBT) programme in all the 21 local government areas of the state for 5,000 youths.
“The aim of the programme is to train them so as to enable them have access to loan facilities from the NDE/ Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprise Development Scheme ,’’ he said.
Ladan said that the agribusiness scheme was a joint venture of NDE and CBN, adding that while agency was handling the training aspect, the apex bank would provide financial assistance for the potential entrepreneurs.