Nigeria Is Facing Challenges Because We Rely On Crude Oil---NDE

...Advocates For Skill Acquisition To Alleviate Unemployment
Mkpuma Enyinna, Abakaliki

Following the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria,the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) said Nigeria is passing through difficult times because the rely on crude oil to survive and therefore advocated for every Nigerian to acquire a skills in order to be self employed.

Also the  trainees in Ebonyi State also expressed satisfaction with the level of training in various NDE centres across the state.
The acting state Cordinator of NDE in Ebonyi State,Pst Dom Anaba made this known to newsmen during the media tour of various NDE training centres across the state to ascertain and showcase what the have done over the years.

The media tour was led by the acting state Cordinator,Pst Dom Anaba; the Senior Information officer, NDE Headquarters Abuja,Mrs.Ifechukwude Adewole and other principal officers.
Among the training centres visited are: CY Farms, Female World Garments,Chums Creative House, Grace Plus Garden, Agricultural Skill Training Centre, Ezzamgbo amongst other farms visited.

Addressing the trainees at Agricultural Skill Training Centre, Ezzamgbo the acting state Cordinator,Pst Dom Anaba stated that it is important for every Nigerian to have skills in order to be self reliant saying that Nigeria is passing through alot of challenges because the depend on crude oil and therefore advocated for Nigerians,more especially young people to come back to agriculture and learn skills that will add values in their lives.

Pst Anaba further explained that the media tour is to showcase their achievements over the years in various states of the Federation adding that NDE is diversified and cuts across all the areas  unemployment is generated adding that under Agriculture, the have Rural Employment Promotion Department, Engineering Department,Small Scale Enterprises.

Others includes Environmental Beautification Training Scheme, Special Public Works Department etc
He there enjoined unemployed youths not to commit evil to succeed because developed nations like china,Japan, American economy are being driven by informal sector.

"One thing that is very important in Nigeria today is acquisition of skills.

"Nigeria in the past generate their source of revenue from Agriculture but at a  point,it was abandoned and rely on crude oil which makes it difficult for people to survive today,but I am happy that with wisdom, we are gradually coming back to farming.

"We want you to learn skills more especially farming skills in order to be self employed.
"We should go back to agriculture and see what we can learn with our hands.

"The purpose of this  media tour is  weigh the programme of NDE as exibited through the activities of the state.The media tour is to know actually what they NDE is doing in all the states of the Federation.

"NDE is diversified cutting across all the areas unemployment is generated and this includes:Agriculture where we have Rural Employment Promotion Department,
"In the Agricultural Department,we recruit Many of the trainees and train them in Agricultural skills;ranging from core production, animal production,small and large scale production etc.

"We  have Engineering Department
"NDE in Ebonyi State have trained not less than ten thousand unemployed youths in various skills.We also have small scale enterprises where we showcase basic business programmes.

"Others are special public works Department, Environmental Beautification Training Scheme, SYOB which means `Start your business programme' among others."
Also speaking, the HOD incharge of Rural Employment Promotion,Mr.Gabriel Ozibor noted that the have class room in the farm where the theoretical framework are being carried out and also the demonstration environment where practical aspect do take place which has fish pond, poultry farm that can contain one thousand two hundred broilers and some hectrs of land for crop farming.

He further explained that since January,2021 when the farm was established,over 300 persons has been trained under the Sustainable Agricultural Training Scheme.
In a visit to one of the beneficiary's fishery farm at Obuegu Aba in Ebonyi LGA,Mr.Emmanuel Ude lauded the activities of NDE in Ebonyi State stating that after his training in August 2021,he received a loan of five hundred thousand naira to start his fish farming this year, 2022 
"I was trained in August,2021 and I benefited this year,2022.I was giving the sum of five hundred thousand naira as loan.

"Before I got they loan,it was difficult for me to afford the high exorbitant cost of fish feed in the market.So, when I got the loan,it enabled me to buy alot of feed and also enabled me to buy pallating matching.
"Already,it is an existing farm, when you add all I have as equity to what I got as a loan,it enabled me to expand to where I am today.I have improved beyond what it was when NDE came to my aid.

At CY Farms, Female World Garment,Grace Plus Garden,Chums Creative House,Guidee Engineering among others visited, the trainees expressed satisfaction over the quality of training giving them and therefore applauded the ingenuity of NDE to alleviate unemployment in Nigeria.

Some of the trainees in various locations like Miss Okey Joy,Onwe Ejike,Alua Kingsley, Benedict Chigozie said the decided to enroll into the Programme because of unemployment saying that the training ranges from 3---6 months 

My name is Onwe Ejike,i started my training on April this year.We are receiving training on poultry, fishery ,crops, animal and agricultural extension .We have transportation problem and we need money for transportation.

"I am Okey Joy,We are  receiving training on fashion designing.I am satisfied with the level of training I am receiving here.This is a three months programme.I decided to venture into this training because there no job in Nigeria.
Recall that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) was established in November 1986. It began operations fully in January 1987. The birth of the Directorate was predicated on the effects of the economic recession of the ’80s which led to a drastic reduction in capacity utilization and consequent outright closure of industries in Nigeria.

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