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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has started training 750 youths on various learning skills in Imo State.
NDE Chief Executive Mallam Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo made this known when he launched the training program in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.
The Tide reports that the training is captured under the National Advanced Open Learning Curriculum (A-NOAS) and the National Basic Learning Curriculum (B-NOAS) of the Department of Vocational Skills Development (VSD) of the Direction.
Training skills include barbering, basic tailoring, hairdressing, welding, event planning, makeup, confectionery, and auto mechanics, among others.
Nuhu-Fikpo, represented by NDE State Coordinator in Imo State, Ms. Ngozi Ihenacho, explained that the trainees include youths and women drawn from all 27 local government areas in the state.
According to him, the intensive training program will take place at the Branch’s training centers, one in each senatorial district in the state, and will last for three months.
He urged the trainees to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the training program to acquire viable skills that would enable them to become self-sufficient, and thus decongest the labor market and reduce poverty and hunger.
“In today’s world, such opportunities are rare and hardly come on a set and I urge you, my dear recipients, to take this opportunity seriously, to be punctual at the training venue in order to free you from the chains of poverty and unemployment,” he advised.
Also speaking at the programme, VSD Director Mallam Isa Abdu explained that the training program would run concurrently with beneficiaries receiving transport allowances for the duration of the training.
Abdu, represented by a senior executive of VSD, Mr. Onyekwelu Igwesi, said that expert trainers had been hired to deliver the training and urged the trainees to justify the opportunity given to them to become labor employers. ‘work.
“All over the world, as the value of money depreciates, entrepreneurs are adapting to the times, hence the need for viable skills that can boost the economy. Learn the skills and be your own boss,” he said.
One of the trainees, Miss Oluchi Uchenna, who responded on behalf of her colleagues, thanked the NDE for giving them the opportunity to thrive in their quest for economic independence.

By: Joe Nwachukwu, Owerri

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