From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger State Directorate of Employment NDE has commenced the training of 400 unemployed persons in the state on various vocational skills acquisition scheme of the agency so as to be self-reliant and employed.
The State Coordinator, Alhaji Abdulmalik Liman Abubakar disclosed this to newsmen in an interview after the orientation program of the 300 new applicants for Basic National Open Apprentice Scheme (B- NOAS) in Minna.
Abubakar explained that the training would last for three months in the three MDG centres of Minna, Bida and Kontagora of the three geo political zones of the state with each Centre with one hundred beneficiaries.
He added that another 50 applicants have also begun their training as Advanced National Open Apprentice Scheme (A- NOAS) who had earlier acquired B- NOAS who are attached to trainers in Minna town to upgrade their knowledge in their various skills of endeavors.
He noted that 75% of them to get certificates of attendance while few will benefit from starter pack due to inadequate funds available to the agency but because of its partnership with the CBN and others they can obtained loans with their certificate and business plan documents.
The Coordinator further informed that another 50 applicants are also under going training under the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme which is under Agricultural Rural Development Programme.
He said that they would be trained on different practical poultry farming for at least three months like market garden of crops like tomatoes, spinach, okro and others as well as rearing of chicken, birds and others.
He called for synergy with other relevant agencies and well to do individuals in the society to assist the country in fighting unemployment and poverty in the society.