Job Creations: FG trains 26 on environmental beautification in Ebonyi

 By Joel Onuoha

The Federal government has embarked on a three-month training of 26 persons on environment beautification in Ebonyi State, as part of its efforts in curbing the spate of unemployment in the country.

NDE Coordinator in Ebonyi, Mr Marcel Igboanude addressing participants during the ceremony in Abakaliki.

Mr Abubaker Fikpo, Acting Director General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), who performed the flagging-off of the orientation ceremony on Wednesday in Abakaliki, said the nationwide programme targeted a total of 1, 548 persons across states of the federation.

Fikpo, represented by the Coordinator of NDE in EbonyI, Mr Marcel Igboanude, said the programme, tagged "2021 Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS) was one of the job creation programmes of the Directorate.

"Under this programme, EBTS, NDE will train a total of 1, 548 of persons nationwide at the rate of two participants per a local government areas (LGAs). I'm Ebonyi, we have 26 trainees from LGAs.

"The selected participants will be trained in hard landscaping skills including POP, casting and decoration, floor and wall tiling, production, fixing and maintenance of interlocking stones and bricks, Krebs, balustrades, suspended ceilings and 3D decorations, as well as soft landscaping skills.

"Soft landscaping include, designing, raising nurseries,  planting and maintenance of grasses, hedges, flowers and trees in parks, gardens, streets, erosion control sites, private residences amongst others," Fikpo explained.

The Director General, however explained the EBTS scheme by design was an appropriate vehicle to implement strategic policy actions towards improving employability of the youths.

"This programme is free of charge and all participants will be getting a monthly stipend within the period of the training.

"I enjoined all participants to count themselves lucky to be among those that were chosen. NDE will continue to deploy dynamic solutions in addressing the issue of unemployment not only in Ebonyi but Nigeria at large," he stated.

Mr Don Anaba, Head of Department, Special Public Works (SPWs) of NDE in Ebonyi said that, EBTS also promotes environmental renewal in habitats in urban and rural areas.

"I urge all the participants to be focused and take advantage of the training and support government efforts in job creations," Anaba advised.

Mr Kofi Lewis, one of the Master Trainers said he was ready to teach and impart the necessary knowledge on the participants.

Miss Agatha Mbam, one of the participants, who spoke on behalf of others, commended federal government on the programme and pledged that they would take the training with all seriousness.

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