The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure would end youth unemployment in the country.
Speaking in Anambra State during the passing out of 500 youths trained by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mr Ngige explained that the federal government has put in place a programme that would achieve the objective.
“Before long, unemployment in the country will become history,” he said, advising unemployed youths to register with the NDE for training in various areas of specialization.
According to him, the Buhari administration was desirous of providing skilled jobs to the youths so that they would provide employment for themselves and become employers of labour.
He, therefore, urged the trainees to form cooperatives to strengthen their businesses, assuring that the cost of engaging in cooperatives would be reduced for them.
In his remark, the Anambra State Coordinator of the NDE, Iroegbu Eke, said the training was aimed at exposing unemployed persons in the country to the benefits of self- reliance through the production and marketing of household products such as soup and disinfectants.
“It is my belief that you have been well exposed to the benefits and opportunity to improve and better yourselves and the country at large.
“I advise you to put whatever knowledge and experience you have gathered in the training into work. You must develop a determination to succeed in spite of obstacles in life,” Mr Eke stressed.