The Director General National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Malam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo has called on 65 Basic Business Training (BBT) beneficiaries to rise to the challenge of embracing business management skills for a sound and robust economic growth.
Speaking at a ceremony of Basic Business Training (BBT) held at the Directorate’s state office in Kano, Tuesday, Fikpo stated that most developed nations of the world did not achieve economic prosperity because of the large corporations that exist, but through small scale businesses based in the informal sector that provide employment for the majority of the populace.
Fikpo, who was represented by the Kano State Office Coordinator, Malam Inuwa Abdullahi Adamu, however, stated that the NDE encouraged the formation of small businesses through its enterprise creation scheme.
He further revealed that the NDE was established by an Act in 1987 and remained the foremost federal government agency to implement programmes meant to tackle mass unemployment through various strategies developed over the years.
He said “the target of this programme is graduates, school leavers, and artisans. The four core programmes of the Directorate include; rural employment promotion, special public works, vocational skills development and small scale enterprises which is conducting this training commencing today.
“At this juncture, I wish to inform you that the NDE is aware of the huge challenges of unemployment and the associated anti-social behaviour that prevail in the country at the moment it is in view of this that we have redirected our strength at collaborating with with the minded organizations; public and private to ensure that more persons leave the unemployment market.”
Speaking in the same, the Head of Department, Small Scale Enterprises National Directorate of Employment, Ms. Chikodi Ike said the entire job creation activities of the Directorate covered three broad categories which were vertically integrated one leading to the other.
Ike, who was represented by an official of the Directorate, Mrs Patience Bajeh, however, revealed that research has shown that most nano/micro operation succeed better in business when they adopt best business practices learnt during business management trainings.