No fewer than 500 unemployed youths and widows are to be trained in different skills acquisition programme by the National Directorate for Employment, NDE, in collaboration with Udenu local government area of Enugu State.
The trainees are to undergo training in professions, such as catering services, cosmetology, Auto Mechanic, Vulcanizing, concrete mixer for masonry, computer operation/ maintenance, GSM repairs, among others, in the first phase of the scheme.
Enugu State Coordinator of NDE, Lady Buchi Ojie, at the flag-off of the scheme at Obollo-Afor, said the programme was a collaborative venture between Udenu local government area and NDE, noting that it was the first time 500 youths and widows were being empowered in one fell swoop.
The NDE coordinator said that within the one month of the training, the trainee would be well skilled, after which they will mount an exhibition to showcase the skills acquired.
“In NDE, we believe that one can use his hands even if the person is physically challenged. I, therefore, advise the participants to utilise the opportunity very well because the NDE and Udenu LGA have paid for the training and so it is free for them,” said Ojie
She added that the trainees would be empowered with loans to help start their own business and become employers of labour, adding that programmes as the NDE helped young people resist temptations of engaging in kidnapping and prostitution.
Udenue local government council chairman, Dr. Ejike Abonyi, said that after a successful training of over 100 youths of the LGA in National Citizens and Leadership Training Centre, the challenge of keeping the youths gainfully employed occupied his mind, hence the NDE training scheme.
He stated that the programme marked the beginning of another major socio-economic emancipation of the people of the area and say goodbye to youth related vices.
“I implore the participants to take the programme very seriously as the council, in collaboration with both the state and federal governments, as well as some development partners, will ensure that successful participants will be supported to be self employed,” pledged Abonyi.