Skills capable of reducing restiveness amongst youths – NDE

Sokoto State Coordinator of NDE, Malam Ibrahim Faisal Audu presenting empowerment tools to some of the EBTS beneficiaries in the State.
Sokoto State Coordinator of NDE, Malam Ibrahim Faisal Audu presenting empowerment tools to some of the EBTS beneficiaries in the State.

BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto –

 

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says skills acquisition will not only allows for sustainable employment and wealth creation but also reduce reactiveness amongst unemployed youths in Nigeria.

The Sokoto State Coordinator of NDE, Malam Ibrahim Faisal Audu, stated this on Wednesday during the empowerment and disbursement of loans to 26 beneficiaries of the Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS).

 

Malam Audu said such empowerment would enable the youths to be self reliant.

 

He reminded the beneficiaries that the tools and cash given to them is a loan that attracts single digits simple interest of 9%.

 

Speaking in a keynote address, the State Coordinator, Faisal said, “The loan has a moratorium of six months before repayment  begins and it is repayable in three years”.

 

He urged the 26 beneficiaries to make maximum use of whatever is given to them.

 

“By the time you do that and able to employ even just one out of the ever increasing labour market, you have have helped in becoming good ambassadors of NDE”.

 

Ten (10) of the 26 beneficiaries of the EBTS were trained in hard landscaping, eight (8) on soft landscaping while another eight (8) on Plaster of Paris (POP).

 

Earlier in a goodwill message, the NDE Head of Utility Department, Suleiman Adamu Kaingiwa, said the beneficiaries should count themselves lucky to have been introduced into skills.

 

According to him, self employment pays better than most white collar jobs that are rare to get and whose minimum wage can not even take care of you and your family comfortably.

 

Kaingiwa, who noted that most civil servants regrets post service life because they have no business of their own nor any skill, urged the EBTS beneficiaries to strive towards becoming employers of labour in the near future and not to use the loan for fun.

 

In a vote of thanks on behalf all beneficiaries of the EBTS, Mubarack Sanusi who was trained in Plastic of Paris (POP), said NDE and the federal government have given much to them.

 

He however promised they will not let the agency down by ensuring that they repay there loans in good time so that it will used to empower others too.

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