NDE, Katsina Govt part­ner on em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - By Mustapha Suleiman

The Na­tional Di­rec­torate of Em­ploy­ment (NDE) and the Katsina State Gov­ern­ment has agreed to part­ner to tackle the is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment in the state. Both agreed to this when the NDE Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Abubakar Mo­hammed, paid a visit to Katsina State Gover­nor, Aminu Bello Masari.

Mal­lam Abubakar told Gover­nor Masari that the NDE had about eight fully equipped skills ac­qui­si­tion cen­ters across Katsina State; in­clud­ing a tra­di­tional textile train­ing cen­ter in Agayawa and an in­te­grated farm­ing train­ing scheme in Ka­gadama.

He ex­plained that each of the first six cen­ters is train­ing 120 un­em­ployed per­sons in dif­fer­ent ar­eas, such as Com­puter oper­a­tions, GSM re­pairs, Fash­ion de­sign, Knit­ting, Weld­ing and Au­totron­ics; while another 120 are re­ceiv­ing train­ing in tra­di­tional weav­ing in Agayawa cen­ter and 50 un­em­ployed per­sons are also be­ing trained in En­vi­ron­men­tal beau­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The NDE di­rec­tor gen­eral said that if such projects are repli­cated across all the lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the state, it would go a long way in re­duc­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment.

Abubakar said “The chal­lenge of mass un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try is not an ex­clu­sive mo­nop­oly of an agency but re­quires an ac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion of all rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.

“May I sug­gest that the NDE skills ac­qui­si­tion cen­ters in Katsina State be used to pro­vide ba­sic ap­pren­tice­ship while the state-owned crafts vil­lages be up­graded to pro­vide ad­vanced ap­pren­tice­ship for those wish­ing to ac­quire higher pro­fi­ciency and com­pe­ten­cies. This I be­lieve could be a first step to­wards a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

In his re­sponse, Gov. Masari as­sured that the state gov­ern­ment would part­ner with the di­rec­torate in the on­go­ing ef­forts to make jobs avail­able for Nige­ri­ans.

Gov. Masari said: “We have seen your land­mark which is ap­pre­ci­ated by this ad­min­is­tra­tion that fo­cuses on hu­man cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment.

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