January 18, 2011

Bayelsa lauds NDE over skills acquisition training

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsa State Government has lauded the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, over its skills acquisitions training for the unemployed youths in the state, saying it had helped reduce crime rate in the state.

The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Chief Ibuomo Kenigua disclosed this at the seventh disbursement ceremony of resettlement tools and equipment to the National Open Apprenticeship Scheme, NOAS, graduates in Yenagoa.

Represented by the Director of Produce Inspectorate, Mr. Newman Osain, the commissioner said with the disbursement of tools and equipment to the graduands, they will be in a position to employ other persons and this will also increase the state Internally Generated Revenue.

Keniga charged the beneficiaries,”to make judicious use of the tools and equipment you have been given today.”

In his keynote address, Director-General of the NDE, Abubakar Mohammed said the resettlement excise was part of the Directorate’s overall incentive package for the graduates and other artisans’, majority of whom are indigent as the it  considers it necessary to make it affordable to all.

Represented by an Assistant Director, Mr. David Apakasa, the DG said the NDE  was also fashioning out other ways of imparting skills and making the training contents more dynamic.

Adding that “advance training courses will soon be introduced to meet the current challenges of global advancement in skills needs.”
Earlier in is welcome address, the Bayelsa Coordinator of the NDE, Mr. Seibnimo Egberipou said the resettlement loan scheme of the vocational skills Development is aimed at equipping the graduated trainees with relevant tools and equipment they required to practice the trade they have learnt.

He said the initiative is also intended to prevent the graduated trainees from wasting their skills or falling back into unemployment market and above all to enable the Directorate to test their skills competence acquired over the period of their training.

Egberipou said the NDE has trained many unemployed youths in various vocations in Bayelsa but that the NDE certainly cannot resettle all of them the same time because of the huge financial resources involved and therefore, appealed to the state and local Governments, politicians, wealthy individuals, multinational companies to partner with the Directorate.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Juliana Okpu expressed appreciation to the NDE for what it is doing to the common people in Bayelsa and appealed to the state government and well meaning individuals to compliment the efforts of the Directorate.