The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), in Kebbi State, has kicked off training of 6,250 selected unemployed youths across the 21 local government areas in the state.
Director General of the Agency, Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan, who disclosed this during a press conference, in Birnin-Kebbi, stated that the beneficiaries would be train in skills acquisition and agriculture business.
Ladan, represented by the Kebbi State Coordinator of NDE, Mohammed A. Zogirma, explained that the training was part of the mandate given to the agency to reduce rate of unemployment in the country.
“We are to train 700 unemployed youths in Cosmetology, 300 in others skills, 50 in Advance National Open Apprenticeship Skills (A-NOAS), 50 in Environmental Beautification Training Scheme(EBTS), 50 in Sustainable Agriculture and 50 in Resettlement Loan Scheme making total of 1,250.
“In addition to these numbers, the Directorate will soon embark on the Basic Business Training (BBT) in all the 21 local government areas in the state for 5,000 youths.
“The aims is to train them to enable them have access to loan facilities from the CBN scheme which we called NDE/CBN Agric-Business Small and Medium Enterprise Development Scheme “.
Ladan added that the agric-business was a collaboration between the agency and the Central Bank of Nigeria, stresses that while the agency are training the youths, the apex bank would provides financial assistance to the potential entrepreneurs.