y Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has distributed tools and equipment worth N7.6 million to its trainees in Bayelsa State.
A total of 138 trainees, among them a female welder and fabricators, benefitted from the scheme in the state.
Items distributed included hair dryers, sewing machines, welding machines, battery chargers, shoe and leather work tools, gas cookers, among others.
Presenting the items to the trainees in Yenagoa, the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Alayingi Sylva commended the National Directorate of Employment for distributing tools/equipment worth N7.6 million to beneficiaries in the state.
While appreciating the gesture of the NDE, she said the directorate have done very well towards impacting skills on the youths in fighting unemployment.
Represented by the wife of the SSG, Mrs. Augusta Ekeuwei, she urged the trainees to take skills they have acquired seriously as according to her, â€œthe married ones can also assist their husbands and families.â€
In his address, the Director-General of the NDE, Mallam Abubakar Muhammed described the event as significant saying it would inject into the economy vibrant young entrepreneurs with aggressive skills that will not only be self-employed and self-reliant, but also create employment and wealth opportunities for others.
Muhammed who was represented by the Director Job Creation Centre, Engr. Madu Ejiofo said â€œthese youths who are graduating into self-employment today probably entered into the training with a certain lack of direction. Thy could have easily fallen prey to any of the deviant behaviours common to unemployed youths in Nigeria.â€
The Bayelsa Coordinator of the NDE, Chief Napoleon Amachree in his welcome address said the resettlement loan scheme of vocational skills development programme is aimed at equipping the graduated trainees with relevant tools and equipment they require to practice the trade they have learnt.
Amachree said the initiative is also to prevent the graduated trainees from wasting their skills or falling back into unemployment market; and above all enables the Directorate to test their skill competences acquired over the period of their training.
The Coordinator said one of the ladies trained on Welding and Fabrication was advised by him from where she was selling orange to take advantage of the NDE training programme.