The National Directorate of Employment, NDE, on Monday began the training of 600 youths and women in various skills through its National Open Apprenticeship Scheme, NOAS, in Taraba.
Dr Nasir Argungu, the Director General of NDE, disclosed at the occasion in Jalingo that the move was a deliberate attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari led- administration to empower youths and women with skills for self -reliance.
Mr Argungu urged the trainers in various skills, including computer, tailoring, beauty and cosmetics among others to be committed in imparting the needed skills into the trainees to enable them create wealth after graduation.
“I want to urge you the trainers to show commitment to the exercise for greater success for the benefit of the society.
“Do not approach any NDE officer in the state over your payment because, it will always come directly from the head office in Abuja,” he said.
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Represented by Ibrahim Musa, National Vocational Training Officer 1 of the directorate, Mr Argungu urged the youths and women to take the opportunity seriously in order to turn around their fortunes.
Aderemi Adebishi, the Taraba Director of NDE, said the directorate since its establishment in 1986 was saddled with the herculean task of designing and implementing programmes to combat mass unemployment.
He explained that the NDE had assembled tested master craftsmen with requisite workshops, patience and techniques in training people of complex characters to undertake the training.
“Today’s event is the orientation of 600 unemployed women and youths recruited to undergo a three-month Basic National Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) 550 of them and Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (A-NOAS) with 50 persons,” he said.
Adebisi explained that B-NOAS was for persons who have not undergone any form of training previously, while A-NOAS is for those who had passed through B-NOAS before and would be trained at higher level of their skills.
Nasir Boboji, the Caretaker Chairman of Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba commended the NDE for massively training women and youths to become employers of labour.