From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The National Directorate of Employment, NDE in collaboration with the Member, House of Representatives for Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency yesterday disbursed N1.5m COVID19 palliative to 150 women and Youths.
Benue State Coordinator, NDE Musa Sadauki who was represented by Engr. Cheen Chia, said the disbursement of 10,000 each to the beneficiaries is a practical demonstration of the effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the present management of NDE led by Dr. Nasir Mohammed. Ladan Argungu to cushion the scourge of the COVID – 19 pandemic on the Benue people through the provision of palliative by the House of Representatives member.
He reeled out some achievements of NDE in the State, stating that two (2) months ago 230 women from the 23 local government areas of the State were empowered with 10,000 naira to start off micro business.
The Coordinator said that 50 women and youths were selected and underwent training under the School On Wheel, SOW in collaboration with Makurdi local government area caretaker Chairman while another 690 youths and women have been trained in 23 local government areas in skills like wielding, fashion designing, shoe making, hair dressing and ICT.
He added that a batch of 50 unemployed youths undertook a three(3) months training in Special Agricultural Development Training Scheme, SADT in Poultry and cultivation of vegetables in Otukpo local government area.
The House of Representatives member for Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency Hon. John Dyegh who was represented by Mr Aume Andoor encouraged the beneficiaries to use the palliative wisely, noting that if invested into farming or other businesses, it will yield profit for them.