The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has trained 750 youths in Niger State through its open apprenticeship scheme to make them self-reliant.
At the presentation of the take-off materials to the beneficiaries in Minna, the state Coordinator of NDE, Mr. Abdullahi Mohammed, said the youths were trained in a way that they would not return to the unemployment market. He said that the trainings were in batches and that the resettlement of the graduates should not be left to the directorate alone hence well-meaning individuals and organisation can also help in establishing the youths.
Mohammed disclosed that the youths were trained in broad trades as catering, shoe making, welding, electrical installation, and computer as well as phone repairs.
The Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Implementation Committee Chairman for Niger State, Alhaji Mamman, lauded the effort of the directorate in using basic vocations in the society to fight unemployment.
He advised the youths to avail themselves of the opportunities being offered to them by NDE and grow to become successful entrepreneur and also be employers of labour for a better multiplier effect.
The SURE-P chief said self-employment was the best way to fight unemployment and remained the best option for individual skill development.