NDE trains 20 A/Ibom youth on photography, catering services

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced the training of no fewer than 20 youth from Akwa Ibom state on saleable skills for self-reliance.

The Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, spoke during the flag-off ceremony of the 2024 Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) at NDE training centre, Nsit Ubium LGA, Wednesday.

Blueprint reports that the beneficiaries would be trained on photography/videography and catering services and the training will last for three months.

The DG represented by the state coordinator of NDE, Mr. Obegolu Donatus, noted that 740 youth will benefit from the scheme and assured that the federal government would not rest until unemployment is drastically reduced in the country.

Fikpo said: “The federal government, in an effort to address the increasing rate of unemployment in the country established the National Directorate Employment as an apex agency responsible for sensitising, counseling and reorienting the minds of unemployed youth.

“NDE is responsible for de-emphasising the search for wage employment and embrace skills acquisition as a viable option to paid employment and equally as a deliberate choice to self-reliant.

“In driving this policy, the NDE identified a lot of demand driven skills in vocational (technical/domestic) entrepreneurial, agricultural and enterprise creation for youth, unemployed graduates and school leavers searching for employment.

“Today, we are here to flag off the orientation of 740 beneficiaries under the 2024 Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) nationwide.

“The above-mentioned beneficiaries will be provided with the needed skills in both domestic and technical areas which is their chosen area of interest to become self-reliant, create wealth and generate opportunities for others.”

On her part, the director of Vocational Skill Development (VSD) Department, Abuja, Mrs Amina Shettima, congratulated the beneficiaries for being one of the lucky few to be selected for the free skill acquisition.

The director, represented by a staff of NDE, Mrs Agnes Ogbaga, urged the beneficiaries to see the gesture as a rare opportunity and be committed to the training for their ultimate good.