Member of the Board of Directors of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Hon. Obiageli Orah, has charged youths in the Southeastern states and across Nigeria to embrace vocational skills acquisition in order to fight the menace of poverty and improve their living condition.
Speaking during a visit to the NDE South East Zonal office in Awka, Anambra state, Orah also stressed the need for government policies to be implemented accordingly in order to achieve desired purposes for the common good of Nigerians.
She further decried the negative attitude of young people in the Southeast towards vocational skill training.
The board member also spoke against the trend of wastefulness among the youth, particularly against time and resources being wasted by young Nigerians on social media instead of grabbing the opportunities in the vocational skills sector the federal government is championing through the National Directorate of Employment.
According to a statement made available to journalists by the Senior Information Officer of the Zonal Office, Onuma Acha, the NDE board member stressed that developed countries of the world have advanced the vocational skills sector to the level where it’s is a major player in the employment creation space.
She therefore charged NDE zonal office staff members to brace up for the task of mounting a massive advocacy programme designed to bring to all and sundry the message of the NDE across the five states of the south east.
She insisted that only attitudinal change can bring about a paradigm shift among the youth in the zone.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Acting Director of the NDE for the South East Zone, Mr. Edmund Onwuliri expressed joy at the visit of the board member.
Onwuliri further described the visit as a great encouragement to the staff of the zonal office and also outlined the responsibilities of the office to include the supervision and monitoring of programme implementation in the five states of the Southeast as well as serving as an effective link between the Management and the state formations of NDE.
He assured the board member of the readiness of the staff to contribute their quota towards the actualization of the mandate of the NDE within the zone.
Onwuliri had conducted Hon. Orah on tour of the NDE zonal office space at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat Awka on her arrival.