Ado-Ekiti — Director General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Abubakar Mohammed, has said the agency will establish a skill acquisition centre in Ekiti State even as the government promised to create 20,000 jobs in four years.
Mohammed, who disclosed this during the loan disbursement to 50 graduates of the Community Based Skills Acquisition Programme of NDE, said Oye-Ekiti, which had also been named host of the newly established federal university will host the centre.
He said that the skills acquisition programme will produce entrepreneurs who will provide goods and services for economic growth and poverty reduction.
Mohammed lauded the state government for its support to the NDE in the areas of provision of land for the agency's agricultural skills training centre, sponsorship of a weekly television programme and provision of loan facilities through the micro-credit scheme.
The NDE boss revealed that the directorate is establishing a Federal Skills Acquisition Centre at Oye-Ekiti on the strength of the support of the state government.
On his own, Governor Kayode Fayemi revealed that his administration has concluded arrangements for the commencement of recruitment exercise for the unemployed people into the state civil service.
He said the registration of the unemployed graduates and school leavers, which commenced in December 2010 throughout the 16 local government areas was intended to give government a database that would smoothen the recruitment exercise. Fayemi noted that employment of jobless Ekiti citizens is very important to his administration because it forms a major policy thrust of the reegime's eight-point agenda.
He regretted that the involvement of the youths in criminal activities could be traced to the high rate of unemployment, which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) government is ready to tackle in a bid to boost the self-worth of the people.
"Employment and jobs, however you define it, are critical in the life of any state. It is our vision that we would be in a position, in not too distant future, to provide jobs in the variety of sectors to our teeming population.
"Our primary focus is that at least within the four years of our tenure, we will be able to provide not fewer than 20,000 jobs", Fayemi explained.
The governor, who commended the NDE for its efforts at reducing unemployment in the country, promised that the state government would strengthen its partnership with the agency to help realise its goal of providing gainful employment to the people.
Fayemi pointed out that the receipt of loans from the NDE marked the beginning of economic self-reliance for the nation's future leaders.