The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has urged Nigerians to encourage the growth of local business initiatives in a quest to boost the economy as well as create jobs for young Nigerians.
Speaking at the 38th edition of Kaduna Trade Fair, Acting Director General of NDE, Mr Kunle Obanya, also called for more collaborative efforts between the private and public sectors to tackle the challenge of unemployment.
Obanya said government alone cannot effectively shoulder the burden of employment creation especially under the current economic situation facing the nation.
He, therefore, called on all other stakeholders to support the Directorate in resettling beneficiaries of its programmes and schemes who, due to paucity of funds, may not enjoy any form of start-up from the Directorate.
“Equally, I urge all categories of the unemployed to embrace the great opportunities for self-reliance as presented in all states of the federation through the National Directorate of Employment. Let me equally re-affirm the commitment of the NDE to the continual provision of innovative employment creation models that will always compliment the micro economic policies of the federal government.
Explaining the reason behind its participation at the trade fair, the acting DG said trade fairs and exhibitions generally remain a veritable channel through which beneficiaries of the Directorate are exposed and can gain valuable access to the business world where great growth opportunities abound.