The State Coordinator National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Oyo State, Mrs Olayinka Olayemi, has assured that the NDE under the leadership of its Director General, Dr, Nasiru Ladan Argungu, is determined to make unemployed youths in the country skilled and proficient in their chosen vocation.
Speaking recently at an orientation programme of the 2nd batch 2020 of the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme, B-NOAS trainees in Ibadan ,Olayemi said the Directorate has consciously tailored its programme and schemes to meet the challenges of the emerging world and in-line with this administrations developmental agenda.
She described the training of 1650 unemployed youths in the state as another milestone in the history of employment generation, not only in Oyo State, but Nigeria in general.
The state coordinator further explained that the NDE skills acquisition initiative was focused at developing the strength of the youth, providing opportunities that would take the trainees to another level of confidence and self-esteem.
Today, in all, she said, one thousand six hundred and fifty (1650) trainees, each drawn across the 33 Local Governments in Oyo State, registered and documented in various trending skills set should count themselves lucky to be part of the 3 months intensive training which commenced on the 21st of September and will run through December.
Olayemi also noted tat the Directorate recently trained 250 women from Irepo, Olorunsogoand Orelope Federal Constituency in Cosmetology and another 200 women drawn from Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Kajola and Iwajowa Federal Constituency were also trained in same trade.
This she explained were done by NDE to bring succour to most women who are at the receiving end of the aftermath of the Covid 19 pandemic.
She appealed to other stake holders such as the State and Local Governments, parents, NGOs and other influential persons to assist in the dogged fight against unemployment in the country.
Also speaking, the director, Vocational Skills Department, NDE Headquarters, Engr. Yakubu Umar Mani, who was represented at the event by Mr. James Solomon, thanked the NDE DG for making the programme a reality.
He also commended Oyo State for always ensuring that it remains a pace setter state and appealed to the trainees to take the vocational training seriously which he said would be well monitored by the NDE Inspectorate Unit.
The NDE Zonal Director, South West Zone, Mrs. Shafaru Awulat, who was represented by Mrs. Christiana Olowogbemi, charged the trainees to imbibe the culture of hard-work, discipline and shun any act capable of denting the image of the state and Directorate in general. She reminded them that the free training serves as their own share of the national cake and urged the trainees to seek knowledge to the fullest from their trainers and also take the issue of attendance seriously.
The zonal director also appealed to the master trainers to strive harder to impact sound vocational skills to the teeming unemployed youth in the state.
The Head of Department VSD, NDE Oyo State, Engr, Paul Ilori, explained that the training which consists of both technical and domestic trade would be learned within the stipulated period of 3 months and advised the trainees to utilize the golden opportunity bestowed on them by the government to fulfil their long-time dream of being skilled and self-reliant.
“My sincere advice to you is to let every minute of the training count in your lives”, he said.