Agency, NDE to boost N/East econ­omy

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The Sec­re­tary of the Pres­i­den­tial Ini­tia­tive for the North East (PINE), Mr. Umar M. Gu­lani ,has sought the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Na­tional Direc­torate of Em­ploy­ment (NDE) in re­sus­ci­tat­ing the econ­omy of the North-east.

Mr. Gu­lani who made this known dur­ing a cour­tesy visit to the Act­ing Direc­tor- Gen­eral of the NDE, Kunle Bayana said the short term ap­proach of PINE was aimed at jump-start­ing the econ­omy of the North- east.

In a state­ment by PINE Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Odu­tayo Oluseyi, the sec­re­tary was quoted to have said PINE needed the sup­port of NDE in the ar­eas of youth em­pow­er­ment, skills ac­qui­si­tion and pro­duc­tive works and to lever­age on the ex­ist­ing struc­tures of NDE as a crit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion em­pow­ered in th­ese ar­eas.

In his re­sponse, Ag Direc­tor- Gen­eral, Na­tional Direc­torate of Em­ploy­ment (NDE), Mr. Kunle Bayana ac­knowl­edge the fact that NDE had been work­ing closely with PINE and was con­ver­sant with the ac­tiv­i­ties of PINE stat­ing fur­ther that a staff of NDE was in a sub-com­mit­tee of PINE.

He said ef­forts at re­vi­tal­is­ing the North- east could not be over em­pha­sised con­sid­er­ing the enor­mous eco­nomic sup­port the North- east had been giv­ing the na­tion be­fore the in­sur­gency.

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