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NDE empowers 300 women, youths in Edo


Edo state

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), said it has empowered 300 unemployed women and youths in Edo State, with N300,000 after they completed training under its Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme (MEES).

Director-General of NDE, Mr Nasir Argungu, made this known in Benin City, shortly after the training, which he said is aimed at creating decent job opportunities.

Argungu, who was represented by the Deputy Director of NDE’s Vocational Skills Development Programme, Mrs Roseline Olawunmi, advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the programme to improve their living condition.


He said the Federal Government was determined to tackle the challenges of unemployment through various empowerment programmes.

“In Edo, under the stewardship of the Director – Gerneral, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan Argungu, NDE is determined to train 10,000 women and youths.

“Today I’m happy to inform you that out of the 700 persons we have trained in various skill acquisitions, 300 people would be empowered.

“They will go home with N10, 000 with which to start a small business in what they have learnt from the training, with certificate of participation,” he said.

Meanwhile, President of South-South Solidarity Movement of Nigeria, Chief Donben Donyegha, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s and the Special Adviser on Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, for empowering over 1,000 youths of impacted communities of Gelegele in Ovia South West Local Government of Edo State with Starter Packs.

The Presidential Amnesty office, had earlier given a marching order that impacted communities in the Niger Delta region, comprising host and access communities be empowered with starter packs such as deep freezers, generators, welding machines, gas cookers, sowing machines, baking and hair dressing equipment.

Donben, who spoke to journalists during presentation of the items to the beneficiaries, said the impacted communities empowerment scheme was designed for a set of youths who had acquired skills either through the amnesty organised training or on their own but were not opportune to be integrated into the amnesty programme.

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