The National Directorate for Employment (NDE) on Friday, challenged participants of its skills acquisition programmes to utilise the skills they acquired to better their lot and the society.
The Public Relations Officer of the Directorate in Kaduna State, Mr Francis Ambi-Anto gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Friday.
NAN recalls that 450 persons are undergoing six months training in computer installations, electrical and satellite installations, organised by the directorate in Kaduna.
They are also being trained on GSM repairs, welding, decoration, fashion design, barbing and hairdressing as well as wood work.
The trainees were drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state.
Ambi-Anto said that the skills would afford them the opportunity of earning a living, be self sustaining and serve as employers of labour.
" I urge them to reciprocate the efforts of the government by making the best use of the opportunity they are provided with to ensure the success of whatever they venture into", he added.
He said the directorate had partnered with the state government, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and various stakeholders to train youths and women in the state, to reduce the rate of poverty.
Ambi-Anto said that the training was also aimed at reducing crime and idleness among youths by engaging them in positive ventures.
He pledged the commitment of the directorate to partner with "any stakeholder" in the area of skills acquisition programmes for the benefit of the people. NAN