The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has kick-started a strategic move to reposition the job creation agency to operationalise and key into the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed hope agendaally in the area of job creation
NDE made this known Friday in Abuja at a meeting where it briefed the Minister of State Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, via presentation tagged: Developing a Roadmap for NDE with the Framework of the Renewed Hope Agenda.
The meeting had all the directors and state coordinators of the directorate in attendance.
Speaking at the meeting, the minister charged NDE management to assume a more significant role in lifting Nigerians out of poverty by providing sustainable jobs.
She noted that the NDE is a critical agency in the fight against poverty in Nigeria, saying its role is more crucial than ever before as the Bola Tinubu administration is working towards propelling the nation in a sustained progressive economy and job creation.
Onyejeocha also said the current administration had woven its employment policy around skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development for blue collar jobs, describing the NDE as a catalyst in the attainment of Tinubu’s desire to lift 50 million Nigerians out of poverty.
She therefore called on the NDE to strengthen strategic initiatives to create more decent jobs and to be ready to translate the articulated policies of government into tangible realities.
The minister called on the agency “to focus on the youth, women, and vulnerable groups to build the core skills needed for national revival, growth, and prosperity.”
Earlier in his remarks, NDE Director General Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo had unveiled the reason for the meeting.
He said the new roadmap was part of the agency’s determination and targeted efforts aimed at translating Tinubu’s 8 point agenda in the area job creation to a reality in the lives of many unemployed Nigerians.
“I am glad to inform you that this meeting is at the instance of the Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment who deemed it necessary to reposition the NDE as an effective instrument of the Federal Government towards the critical role of job creation.
“For the NDE to play this role effectively, a clear roadmap that will direct its programmes and schemes has become necessary within the framework of the Renewed Hope Agenda.
“The NDE has produced many successful entrepreneurs who are contributing to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the nation. It has also produced a pool of artisans in the informal sector who have made significant contributions to the Nigerian domestic market,” he said.