The Unemployed Youth Association of Nigeria (UYAN) has commended the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for its landmark achievements over job creation for the jobless Nigerians.
The commendation was given at the NDE headquarters in Abuja recently when the association paid a courtesy visit to the Director –General of the NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo and members of the management team.
According to the president of UYAN, Comrade Casmir Irekamba, the NDE, over the years, had created blue collar jobs for many hitherto unemployed youths in the country.
He said NDE, especially in the last three years under the leadership of Fikpo, had moved many lives especially youths and women groups, from poverty towards skills acquisition development and decent jobs, adding “the evidences are everywhere.”
While lamenting the poor funding of the scheme, Irekamba called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to improve on the budgetary allocations to the NDE in realisation of the goals of the Renewed Hope Agenda.
He also appealed to the NDE management to extend its collaborative window to UYAN to further train and empower more Nigerians for decent job opportunities.
In his response, NDE Director-General Fikpo appreciated the association for tracking the agency’s achievements over the years.
NDE, he said, was established over thirty five years ago mainly to combat mass unemployment through skills acquisition training, entrepreneurship development, agricultural promotion and public works.
Fikpo charged the association to engage in advocacy exercise to mobilise the Nigerian youths towards blue collar jobs and assist them to develop interest in skills acquisition for a better future.
“Paper Certificates without skills in Nigeria today is an invitation to poverty and chaos. Our youths should be well orientated on the benefits of skills acquisition and self-reliance,” the NDE boss said.
He further appealed to the jobless persons nationwide to avail themselves of the rare opportunity presented by the federal government through the NDE in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
The DG assured UYAN of good collaboration whenever communications and understanding were formalised between the two organisations, saying NDE was essentially established for the likes of UYAN.