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Job creation: NDE Empowers 6000 Youths, Women In Edo State

By Appolos Christian

To sustain the tempo of its ag­gressive job creation efforts, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has again em­powered about six thousand Nige­rian youth and women in its recent job creation scheme outing in Edo State ( The Heart Beat of Nigeria).

According to a statement by the Directorate’s Deputy Director In­formation and Public Relations, Edmund Onwuliri, the high point of the heart warming empower­ment scheme was graced by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr. Festus Keyamo, who flagged off of the Special Pub­lic Works Scheme and the disburse­ment of Micro Credit Loans, as well as the resettlement of graduated trainees under the Vocational Skills Development Programme in Benin City the Edo State capital.

The statement further said that about five thousand persons drawn from five rural local government ar­eas of Edo state were engaged under the Special Public Works Scheme, currently under pilot phase.

According to the statement, “The beneficiaries under this scheme will be deployed to provide services spe­cific to their localities in areas such as cleaning of public infrastructure, maintenance of public facilities like roads, vegetation control, clearing of drainages and the like.

“Each participant will be paid a stipend of N20,000.00 per month over the period of three months the pilot phase of the scheme will last. The Minister added that women and youths between the ages of 18 and 35 are the target group for the scheme.”

Furthermore, the statement revealed that “One Thousand and Sixty Nine micro enterprises received micro loans to enhance their businesses during the event.” It also added that “The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obase­ki, appreciated the Federal Gov­ernment for choosing Edo State as one of the beneficiaries of the various interventions designed by the NDE to address the challenge of mass unemployment.”

The Edo State Governor how­ever, urged NDE to give empow­erment of women a serious at­tention, saying that empowering women would have immediate positive impact on the family. He also charged the beneficia­ries to make maximum use of the opportunities that the Federal Government has provided them through the NDE promising to support the implementation of the schemes through effective monitoring.

The statement also noted that “Forty One persons previously trained by the NDE under the Vo­cational Skills Development Pro­gramme, received resettlement tools to enable them commence business in relevant trades. The lucky beneficiaries had received vocational training in sixteen trades such as; Fashion design, Welding and Metal Fabrication, Catering, Vulcanizing, Computer Operations, GSM Handset Re­pairs among others.”

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