Day of Social Justice: UN volunteers hail NDE programmes, urges funding

The International Organisations of UN Volunteers has hailed the contribution of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in particularly in tackling and combating poverty and social inequality in Nigeria.

The organisation commended the Director General of the NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, for his numerous contributions and sustenance of the progress made by the agency.

A press briefing by the organisation, addressed by the director, Volunteers Affairs, Ambassador Luke Jacob, Thursday, said: “We urge the agency and Nigeria government to do more in brining succour to Nigerians in the many challenges they are facing which we believe can be achieved.”

Describing the day as an international day which recognises the need to promote social justice, including efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, economic exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, human rights and social protections, it said

 the United Nations and its affiliates like the International Organization of UN Volunteers (IOUNV) set aside the day to make statements on the importance of social justice and present plans for greater social justice by tackling poverty, social and economic exclusion and unemployment. 

It said the NDE by its statutory mandate introduced 4 major areas of intervention towards mass job creation to combat unemployment in Nigeria, including Vocational Development Entrepreneurship Development, Agricultural Skills Training, and Public Works Programme. 

Ambassador Jacob urged the federal government to be decisive in funding the NDE as a social intervention agency with the view to addressing youth restiveness, cultism and related vices in the country.