Ngige lauds NDE over consistent job creation initiatives
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has lauded the policy sagacity of the successive managements of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for consistently churning out vocational and business training programmes towards reducing unemployment in the country.
The Minister stated this in Kaduna during activities marking the NDE special day at the 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair.
Ngige, who was represented at the occasion by a Director in the Ministry, Ibrahim Jibia, explained that under the current leadership of the Directorate, several innovative employment creation initiatives have been introduced.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the NDE to contribute maximally to the reduction of unemployment in the country to bearable level.
Ngige hinted that the Federal Government is resolved to support the NDE in the achievement of its statutory mandate through the provision of the needed support as the agency confronts the challenge of mass unemployment.
The Minister further stated that the budgetary allocation to the NDE in the 2018 budget has been enhanced to enable it provide the desired services to the unskilled and unemployed persons.
In his welcome address, the Director-General of the NDE, Dr. Nasir Ladan highlighted the various initiatives that the Directorate is implementing which are aimed at addressing unemployment in the country speedily.
He said that over 76,400 unskilled and unemployed persons have been recruited and are about completing training in various vocational skills set across the country.
Dr. Ladan stated that 70 percent of the trainees are undergoing training in cosmetology in line with the demand driven skills training initiative of the Directorate.
Many successful beneficiaries of the Directorate in various smal
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