By Muftau Ogunyemi
Akure, Sept. 22, 2020 The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), on Tuesday, began the training of 900 unemployed youths in various vocational skills to tackle unemployment in Ondo State.
The Coordinator of NDE in the state, Mr Dare Awokoya, made this known during the orientation of Batch II of 2020 Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), held in Akure.
Awokoya said that the youth would be trained in ICT, tailoring, auto-tronic, mechanical, electrical, barbing and other potential skills that would make them successful within a short period.
The training, according to him, will last for three months.
Awokoya said that B-NOAS had remained the only scheme that had attracted the highest patronage in terms of beneficiaries and popularity, adding that it had placed NDE on the world map.
“This is a season of employment generation in Ondo State which NDE has started.
We first kicked-off with the Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP) in which 50 graduates have been placed in different ministries in their areas of specialisation in the state.
“Also, over 100 people are now undergoing training at Ile-Oluji under the programme, tagged Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Programme, while 540 unemployed youths had earlier been trained in B-NOAS in the state.
“Today, a total of 900 trainees will commence a three-month intensive training in all the 18 local government area of Ondo State.
“Each of the local governments is to recruit 50 trainees, including the three local governments where skill centers are situated.
“They are Akure in the Central Senatorial District, Ikare-Akoko in the North Senatorial District and Ilu-titun in the South Senatorial District,” he said.
The coordinator, who said that competent master-trainers had been carefully selected by each of the local governments, said that the exercise was demand-driven, in line with modern practices, to facilitate the employability of graduate-trainees.
Awokoya appreciated the Director-General of NDE, Dr Nasiru Argungu, for graciously extending laudable schemes and programmes to Ondo State at all times.
He, therefore, advised the participants to take the training seriously by being regular and punctual at their various training outlets.
One of the trainees, Miss Nifemi Akintomide, expressed appreciation to NDE and the government for providing and creating employment opportunities for the teeming youth in the state.
“We thank the government for providing this opportunity for youths and we want it to work more on enlightenment so that many people could be aware of the scheme,” she said.