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NDE tasks youths on self-employment


FOR Nigeria to be among the best 20 best economies of the world in 2020 as envisaged, there is the need for a rapid paradigm shift from a consuming to a producing nation.

The state co-ordinator of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Ogun State, Mr. Adebowale Ologbenla, made the observation while speaking to beneficiaries of the agency’s “job stimulus training,” a programme of the agency, which kicked-off in Abeokuta recently.

Ologbenla, who acknowledged that Nigeria had the potentials to be at the highest level in the world’s economy, noted that qualified graduates should look inward and embrace creativity instead of struggling for white collar jobs that were not always available. The NDE boss identified China, Japan, South Africa and Ghana as examples of fast growing economies “just because they produce more than one percent of what they consume.”

According to him, the recent unusual large number of applicants recorded at the recent INEC job interview centres was “a veritable analogy of what the nation is going through.”

He said, “should that large number of people invest their energy in business ventures, the measure of impact it would make on the economy would be unimaginable.”

He added that the agency had trained “vulnerable group ICT graduates” on the basic job stimulus that would help them to take the advantage of the Nigerian market.

“It was against this background that the state NDE office operates open door policy to sensitise and train job seekers free of charge with the view to meeting the aims and objectives of the millennium development goals,” he stated.

On agriculture development, Ologbenla explained that the agency had designed various programmes that would cover contemporary farming techniques, and marketing farm produce.”

According to him, the NDE was commissioned to create jobs through training of Nigerian youths so that they could add more value to their lives and the society. The training, which he said was a combination of theory and practical, were enough to make the beneficiaries independent.

Ologbenla noted that some participants at the training were trained in vocational skills such as interior decoration, hairdressing, hat making and technical trade-computer repairs, adding that those trained would be empowered with working tools.

The NDE boss remarked that the 130 beneficiaries were selected from all the 20 local government areas of the state, assuring that another phase of training would commence soon.

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