NDE distributes vocational equipment to 62 Akwa Ibom youth 

No fewer than 62 youth in Akwa Ibom state who graduated from the community based training scheme (CBTS) have received starter pack equipment from the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

They were handed over the items following the successful completion of training in various vocational skills which include fashion designing, catering, ICT, hairdressing and videography by the vocational skills department of NDE.

Blueprint reports that items distributed to the beneficiaries include hair-dryers, hair rollers, cylinders, gas cookers, tailoring machines, iron, scissors, computers, and accessories, among others.

Speaking during the disbursement ceremony at the Federal Secretariat in Uyo on Tuesday, Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo said the gesture was in line with the continuous efforts of the federal government to create employment in the country.

The DG, represented by the State Coordinator of NDE, Mr. Obegolu Obiora expressed optimism that the vocational equipment disbursed would transform the youths from unemployed to self-employed.

Fikpo told the beneficiaries that the resettlement items handed over to them were a loan that must be paid back to enable other youth benefit from the scheme.  

“It is my pleasure to welcome you to this important occasion of the disbursement of the resettlement items as loans to graduates of the vocational skills training of the NDE.

“It is indeed another milestone of the NDE to empower over 4,000 youths across the nation that has undergone skills training in various trades, under the Community-Based Training Scheme (CBTS) of the Directorate,” he said.

In an  address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mr. Oliver Udoukpo, commended NDE for the training and disbursement of starter packs to the graduated trainees, adding that the gesture would help in manpower development.

Udoukpo, represented by his Assistant Director of Commerce, Mr. Asian Umoren, stressed that the ministry is open to collaboration with NDE in the delivery of its statutory obligation of wealth creation and poverty eradication.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Samuel Etuk, praised the federal government for remembering the youth after the Covid-19 pandemic and the naira redesign policy which sacked so many persons from their businesses.