The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Bauchi State has commenced a three-month training for 1,300 unemployed youths in the state on different entrepreneurial skills.
Speaking at the orientation programme for the participants in Bauchi, Dr. Nasir Argungu, the Director-General (D-G), NDE, said the exercise was part of the Federal Government’s determination to tackle unemployment in the country.
He said the 1,300 youths were recruited and would be trained under the ‘Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme’ (B-NOAS) of the NDE.
The D-G who was represented by the state coordinator of the NDE, Mr Lawan Yaya, said that 50 youths were recruited in each of the 20 local government areas of the state, adding that additional 300 were later recruited.
“This is Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme and we run it for three months where we recruit individuals from different LGAs.
“Specifically on this one, we recruited 50 individuals from each of the 20 LGAs in Bauchi state, making it 1000.
“However, additional 200 women were recruited for cosmetology and 100 for special B-NOAS, making 1,300 in total,” said the NDE boss.
Argungu, who highlighted some of the skills to be acquired as tailoring, automechanics, hairdressing, soap making among others, said that the beneficiaries would be given the sum of N6,000 as transport fare for the period of three months.
“The sum of six thousand naira would be paid to them as transport fare for the period of three months.
“This, I believe would also help in motivating them to be actively involved in the training,” he said.
Also speaking, Mrs Jemila Suleiman from Vocational Skills Development Department, NDE headquarters, said that the aim of the training was to impart marketable skills to the trainees.
She further advised them to take the training very seriously, adding that it would help them to become self reliant and employer of labour.
Mr Mujahid Sulaiman, one of the beneficiaries from Toro local government area of the state, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, appreciated the Federal Government and NDE for the kind gesture.
He called on others to make the best out of the training so as to become successful employers of labour.