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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun the training of 100 youths on sustainable agricultural development skills in Imo State.
Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo who is the Director-General of the NDE, who launched the training in Owerri, was represented by NDE’s Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr Edmund Onwuliri.
He said the training was part of the directorate’s Sustainable Agriculture Development Training Scheme (SADTS).
Fikpo added that the training, which would last for three months, is being carried out in 12 states of the federation with the aim of creating employment for rural communities through training on modern innovative technology.
He also said each trainee would receive the sum of N5,000 monthly as transport allowance, adding that the 100 beneficiaries would be trained on vegetable farming, snail, poultry and pig farming along their value chain.
“This training will surely create more jobs for people in rural communities and reduce rural to urban migration. The NDE attaches a high premium to the empowerment of people and is, therefore, fully prepared to work with the state government to achieve this,” he said.
NDE coordinator in Imo, Mrs Chisara Egwim-Chima, said time has come for rural dwellers to overcome poverty, unemployment and economic scarcity as well as sustain food production to reduce scarcity and hunger.
She advised the beneficiaries to be punctual and committed to the training so as to justify the resources expended on the scheme.
Director of the Rural Employment Promotion department of the NDE, Mr Edem Duke, represented by Mrs Chikodi Okereke, advised the beneficiaries to pay attention to their trainers and take all necessary points home.
The South-East zonal president of the Association of Micro Credit Institutions of Nigeria, Mrs Comfort Nweke, commended the NDE for the training initiative and said that micro start-up loans would be made available to the beneficiaries upon completion of the training.
Also, the Special Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodinma on Religious Mobilisation, Mr Placid Chijioke, restated the state government’s readiness to support the NDE with a view to creating more jobs and fighting unemployment in the state.
In the same vein, the directorate has begun the training of 50 beneficiaries of its Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) on various vocational skills in Imo.
Director-General of the NDE, Fikpo, performed the launch of the scheme in Owerri.
He was also represented by the NDE’s Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr Edmund Onwuliri, who said the three month training will equip beneficiaries with viable vocational and other skills.
The DG listed the skills captured in the scheme to include catering, sewing, mobile phone repairs, soap making and carpentry, among others, as he urged the beneficiaries to commit to the training for optimal benefits.