From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Niger state has commenced the training of no fewer than 750 unemployed youths for Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B- NOAS) to be self-employed and reliant.
The State Coordinator, Alhaji Abubakar Liman made the disclosure while flagging off the scheme yesterday in Minna, saying that informal sector is the back born to enhance society development hence the need for the programme by the agency.
He explained that the 750 beneficiaries consisted of youths and women in their chosen skills were from the 25 local governments in Niger state targeted at the grassroots levels.
Represented by the Head of Information, Mrs Helen Abu who charged the participants to be dedicated and pay much attention to the exercise to be better people to themselves, families and the society.
He applauded the Director General, Dr Nasir Mohammad Ladan for the transformation of the agency in the last few years in job creation while being appreciative of the support to the state office consistently.
The Director General, Dr Nasir Mohammad Ladan represented by a director, Mrs Agnes Ogbada who reiterated the commitment of NDE in touching the lives of rural dwellers in the country.
He told the participants to make effective use of the opportunity by concentrating in what they will learn during the training exercise to be self-reliant and employers of labour rather than looking for white colour jobs that cannot be found.
The state permanent secretary ministry of youths, Hajiya Jumai Idris assured the continued partnership with the agency and relevant sectors in creating jobs for the unemployed in the state.
She charged the beneficiaries to avail themselves of the opportunity urging them to shun lo kind of social vices so as to be better citizens hence the determination of the government in improving the lives of the youths in Niger state.