The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) under the Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS) has resettled 416 graduates with tools and cash to enable them unlock their potentials and boost job creation in the country.
The scheme was initiated to offer young school leavers the opportunity to receive employable skills and experimental learning that transfers hard and soft landscaping skills to them on-the-job.
NDE Director-General, Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan, in a keynote address at the occasion in Katsina, Saturday commended the employment outlook of the scheme, stressing that the opportunity would provide the graduates the opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the state and the nation at large.
The NDE boss, represented by the state NDE coordinator, Alhaji Abdulkarim Yahaya Sirika, said the graduates were equipped with in-demand skills sought for in the construction industry and open to diverse opportunities to provide services to projects in the sector.
While commending the vibrant, budding entrepreneurs for their sense of responsibility, independence, self realisation and the capacity for self-actualisation, the director-general urged them to imbibe the culture of discipline, perseverance and good customer-relations to reap the benefits.
“Remember in your sub-conscious that these loans must be repaid as at when due in accordance with the loan repayment schedule for others to benefit,” he said.
He also appreciated the 214 landscaping service-provider trainers, who assisted to impart knowledge and expressed the readiness of his agency to partner with development organisations to create the desired employment opportunities for the teeming youth.
Highlights of the occasion was the disbursement of the starter-packages to the graduates of the sum of between N83,500 and N123,100 to enable them embark on their different skills.