BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU
ABUJA—THE Director-General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, yesterday said that about three million Nigerians had been trained and empowered on different skills acquisition.
Mohammed, who disclosed this in his address at the inauguration of the Governing Board of NDE in Abuja, said that the directorate was established with the mandate of designing and implementing programmes to combat unemployment and articulate policies aimed at developing work programmes with labour intensive potentials.
The DG said that under the National Open Apprenticeship Scheme, NOAS, of the Vocational Skills Development Department, the NDE had engaged Master Trainers all over the country, noting that the presence of the directorate in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory had been tremendously felt through the implementation of its numerous programmes.
Inaugurating the Governing Board, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, said the problem of unemployment had increasingly come to be identified as one of the serious socio-economic problems currently confronting the country.
Chief Wogu who is the chairman of the Governing Board of NDE, noted that unemployment had been categorized as serious impediment to social progress, stressing that apart from representing a colossal waste of the country’s manpower resources, “it generates welfare loss in terms of lower output, thereby leading to lower income and well-being. Among the negative effects of unemployment are youth restiveness, community uprising, high incidence of armed robbery and kidnapping and even the recent religious crisis in some parts of the country.
“Nigeria’s unemployment problem and by extension sustainable development will depend on many important factors, the fundamental of which is building both quantitative and qualitative skilled manpower that can effect positive changes and position the country towards the attainment of the Transformation Agenda, the Vision 20:2020 and the goals of Millennium Declaration.”
The Minister said that between January to December, 2011, about 182,797 unemployed unskilled youths were empowered through the various training progremmes of the directorate.