By Imelda Osayande
Benin -The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Edo has begun the training of 900 unemployed youths in various skills acquisition meant to eradicate poverty and unemployment within the state.
Argungu said that the training in different vocational skills would be intensive and practically oriented, as it is designed to last three months.
He said that the training meant to equip the beneficiaries with up-to-date marketable skills such as: fashion designing, beauty therapy, aluminum fabrication, shoe making, ICT, solar energy, and hairdressing.
According to him, “This orientation for the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS) is holding in all the states of the federation and a total of 38, 700 unemployed persons will undergo training in skills of their choices for a period of three months.
“In Edo state, a total of 900 persons are being trained in vocational skills in the 18 local government councils at the rate of 50 persons per local government,” he said.
He said that the NDE had held a series of similar programmes in the state to fight unemployment and abject poverty.
He advised the trainees to make good use of the opportunity to acquire the skills to actualise their dreams, adding that every skill is vital to humanity and the economic development of a nation.
He thanked Oredo Local Government Council for providing the space to train the youth and for the cooperation it had extended to the durectorate over the years.