By Bashir Mohammed
Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan, has said that the agency has exposed about 119,172 young men and women to critical skills and competencies to enable them become self-employed.
Speaking at the ongoing 38th Kano International trade fair yesterday, Ladan stated that the NDE as had positioned its operations along the main stream of economic restructuring of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
According to him, the NDE under his leadership was planning to introduce a new scheme called “Green Cash for Nigerian Youths”, which would basically focus attention on production of dates and palm oil, using improved seedlings.
He said his leadership was also introducing “NDE International”, which will be another initiative under the scheme, explaining that the agency would host a robust web -site that would collect profile of applicants and job vacancies both at home and abroad, saying the NDE would serve as a clearing house to link job seekers with employers.
In his remarks, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Prof Stephen Ikani Ocheni said the agency after 31 years of operation was undergoing a process of re-engineering of its programmes to meet with the challenges of the present, as it had specifically begun a paradigm shift towards the promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises.
He stressed that the commitment of the federal government to reposition the economy was visible through the introduction of the social investment initiatives, which is pro-poor and designed to involve people into the growth process.
He said the initiative has various instruments like the Conditional Cash Transfer, N-power and school feeding programmes among others that will provide opportunities for artisans, youths and market women with skills and empowerment packages.