NDE to im­port one mil­lion eco­nomic trees to en­gage 5,000 youths

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The Direc­tor Gen­eral of Na­tional Direc­torate of Em­ploy­ment (NDE) Dr Nasiru Ladan has dis­closed that plans are un­der­way to bring about one mil­lion eco­nomic trees that would en­gage about 5,000 youths in the coun­try.

Ladan ex­plained that the eco­nomic trees that grow within 12 months would be brought in from Malaysia and that dis­cus­sions have al­ready been held with some state gov­ern­ments on the pro­vi­sion of land for the agri­cul­ture ini­tia­tive to take off soon.

He promised that the direc­torate would hence­forth fo­cus on de­mand driven train­ing pro­grammes in all states of the fed­er­a­tion.

The Direc­tor Gen­eral Abuja at a press brief­ing.

He ex­plained that to achieve ef­fec­tive train­ing, the 83 train­ing pro­grammes of the NDE have been stream­lined to 10.

“We have re­duced the NDE’s train­ing pro­grammes to 10 from 83. I be­lieve that it is bet­ter we re­duce them to a man­age­able num­ber so that we can de­liver ex­cel­lence.

“The train­ings are dis­trib­uted amongst the four de­part­ments namely: Vo­ca­tional Skills Devel­op­ment, Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Pro­mo­tion, Spe­cial Pub­lic Works and Small Scale En­ter­prises.”

He said that the train­ing pro­grammes would be in­tro­duced in states would be in­flu­enced by spe­cific de­mands, ad­ding that 4,000 street ar­ti­sans with­out spe­cific stated this in ad­dress to ply their trades have been placed in con­struc­tion firms within Abuja.

He ex­plained that the direc­torate had to do that be­cause it was con­vinced that the con­struc­tion com­pa­nies would feel com­fort­able when they see that the ar­ti­sans were pro­vided by the NDE.

He noted that hence­forth, the NDE would look at ev­ery state of the fed­er­a­tion to see which trade was more ac­cept­able to youths there so that upon train­ing and set­tle­ment, they would be willing to set up and even em­ploy others.

Ladan is of the view that Nige­ria can ex­port skills to coun­tries like Qatar that are fac­ing acute short­age of skills, but must have all the reg­u­la­tions done first part­ner­ship can work.

“Nige­ria can have part­ner­ship with a coun­try like Qatar where most of the work­forces are for­eign­ers. In Nige­ria, we are fac­ing mas­sive unem­ploy­ment with mil­lions of qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als that can­not find jobs while there are coun­tries fac­ing acute short­age of work­force,” he said. be­fore such

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