By Mohammed Baba Busu
Lafia – The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it has commenced three months free intensive training of 150 unemployed youths on vocational skills in Nasarawa State.
Alhaji Dauda Idris-Wase, the NDE Coordinator in the state made the disclosure at an orientation course organised for the beneficiaries on Tuesday in Lafia.
He said that the training was to equip the youths with skills that would make them employers of labour and contribute to the overall development of the country.
According to him, participants will undergo three months intensive training in computer appreciation, G.S.M. repairs, tie and dye, beads stringing and event management, among others.
“The orientation course is being organized to sensitize the participants on what the training entails and what is expected of them during the training
“The training will run concurrently in the NDE three skills acquisition training centres situated in Lafia, Keffi and Mama.
“The Director-General of the NDE, Dr. Nasir Argungu is very keen in seeing unemployed youths become useful to the society through proper skills acquisition.
“It is better for government to teach one how to catch a fish than to give one fish to eat.
“We are calling on unemployed youths not to depend on white collar jobs but embrace Federal Government’s skills acquisition programmes in order to become self-reliant,” he said.
Idris-Wase advised the beneficiaries to take the training seriously as a stepping stone to establishing their own businesses.
Mallam Usman, who spoke on behalf of the participants, lauded the NDE for the gesture and promised that they would be of good conduct throughout the training.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants were selected from the three senatorial districts of the state.