Abuja -The FCT Office of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), said on Monday that about 120 youths would trained to acquire relevant skills that would propel them for self-employment.
Mrs Edna Ofordile, the Coordinator, NDE-FCT, made this known at the orientation workshop for trainees on vocational skills development in Abuja.
She said that the programmes would include job and wealth creation in the FCT, adding that the secretariat was geared towards preparing youths to discover their innate abilities.
The coordinator said that NDE had been in the forefront in the fight against unemployment and poverty among youths in the FCT.
She said that the programme would focus on the teeming youths who had no marketable skills to be self-employed.
“The skills acquisition programme is a continuation of our statutory functions that will cater for 120 unemployed youths in eight trades that are considered short duration which can be achieved in six months.”
The skills, according to her, include, shoe and bag making, tailoring, aluminum fabrication, photo and video coverage, among others.
She said that the choice of the skills was based on capital efficiency.
“By this singular consideration, it is anticipated that as technicians, you will be adequately equipped with technical and entrepreneurial skills for self-employment and wealth creation.”
She identified the lack of skills as the major hindrance to employment of over 70 per cent of unemployed youths in the country.
Ofordile said that the programme was designed to remedy the inability of youths to fund their own training and start up a business of their own.
She urged the trainees to be law-abiding and contribute positively to their various attachment workshops. (NAN)