Â TWO Nigerians took a journey of discovery about the role of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) since its inception in 1986 and gave the Directorate a pass mark.
Speaking in Gombe, the Governor of Gombe State Alhaji Dajuma Goje said that he turned to the NDE to make a living in his earlier business pursuit and benefitted immensely from the Directorate assistance in the late 80â€™s.
Mr.Â Gbenga Ariba a creative artiste and independent producer who designed the NDE logo said that the creation of the organisation by the Federal Government gave succour to a lot of unemployed Nigerians who got various support at a time unemployment rate became worrisome.
Governor GojeÂ made the remarks recently while receiving i Director-General of the NDE Mallam Abubakar Mohammed. The Director-General was in Gombe to inspect the training of 30 unemployed youths in wind energy generation as part of the Directorate strategy to create jobs and boost the production of sustainable clean energy.
The scheme is also being test-piloted in Benue and Katsina states in conjunction with the Sokoto Energy Research Centre of the Uthman Dan Fodio University in Sokoto State.
The Governor told members of the Gombe state executive council that he participated in land preparation for participants of the NDE agricultural programme designed for unemployed youths. Governor Goje said that he is therefore conversant with the activities of the NDE having benefitted from one of its programmes. â€˜The NDE played a big role in life and I cannot forget this in a hurryâ€™ the Governor said.
He called on the Federal Government to increase the budget of the Directorate, saying that the fight against unemployment is an issue that is challenging the country.
On the other hand, Mr. Ariba who paid a courtesy call on the NDE chief Executive in AbujaÂ recalled that the NDE was established following emergence of graduate unemployment by the then Federal Military Government.
Mr. Ariba recalled that when he designed the NDE logo in 1986 he did not know that his work would be chosen and remains relevant in the life of the organisation. He said the job creation programmes of the NDE gave jobs and hope to the youths some of whom are today playing significant roles in the socio-economic development of the country.
Mr. Ariba, who runs a private firm called on the youths to embrace skills acquisition saying that it is not enough to just embrace formal education.
â€˜The current trend is to acquire relevant skills that enables one to fit into his immediate environment and thereby be self-employed and earn a sustainable means of livelihoodâ€™, Mr Ariba said.
… trains women in skill acquisitionÂ
The LagosÂ office of NDEÂ has concluded a one month skill acquisition training for 80Â women in different trades as part of its mandate of employment generation, poverty alleviation and wealth.
Addressing women at the end of the training done in collaboration with Justice Development and Peace Commission, JDPC, State Co-ordinator, Mrs. Victoria Awosemo, enjoined the beneficiaries to be creative and dedicated to ensure that they succeed as entreprenuers and employers of labour.
Represented at the occasion by the Asstistant Director, Special Public Works, Mrs Paitence Osunkwo,Â Mrs AwosemoÂ commended the NDE/JDPC trainees for their commitment to and comportment throughout the one month training period.Â
She urged them to be good representatives of NDE and JDPC.
In her own contribution at the occasion, a JDPC Board member Chief Mrs Mary Bassey, encouraged the beneficiaries to endeavor to impact other unemploysed persons with the skills they have acquired through the National Directorate of Employment.
The trainees benefitted from trades such as Soap making, Hairdressing, Batik, Beadmaking and Catering.Â At the completion of the one month training, that took place in the premises of JDPC on Maye Street, Yaba, the beneficiaries commended the skill acqusition initiative of the NDE and the collaborative initiative of the JDPC, a none Government and non profit making organ of the Catholic Church.