By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”EDO State chapter of National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Benin disclosed that over 100,000 persons have benefitted from its programmes in the state.
State Coordinator of the NDE Miss Ayodele Edegbai, told the Benin Monarch, Omo Nâ€™ Oba Erediauwa, during a courtesy call on yesterday in Benin that 20,000, representing 20 percent of that figure had been resettled in the form of direct loans or supply of tools and equipment.
She added that many of the persons who had been resettled were now employers of labour, just as she also pointed out that a sizeable number of the trained persons under the NDE programmes were still waiting to be resettled.
She stated further that the full impart of the NDEâ€™s efforts in the training of the youths could be fully realized when they were completely resettled with a view to putting into practice the various specialized skills they had acquired.
The NDE boss appealed to the Oba of Benin to assist the directorate in appealing to well-spirited individuals, corporate bodies, organisations and the government of Edo state to compliment the efforts of the NDE in resettling them, adding that such resettlement would be the much needed tonic to reduce unemployment and alleviate poverty.
Miss Edegbai listed the lack of vehicles for effective programme implementation and monitoring, as well as insufficient provision of funds for reasonable and pragmatic motivation for participants asÂ some of the constraints limiting the scope of operation of the NDE.
She also pleaded with the Benin monarch to assist the agency in the provision of project vehicles for the state office, rehabilitation and upgrading of the Skills Acquisition Centre at Akpakpava road in the Benin metropolis and the provision of land to build NDE Skills Acquisition Training Centre in the state.
Responding, the Oba of Benin said one of the best ways to tackle unemployment was for the federal government to make the NDE more functional.
The Oba also assured that he would make recommendations to the federal government on other ways the NDE could be assisted to boost employment and reduce the poverty level in the state.