Welcome to NDE

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) was established in 1986 following a compelling necessity for the establishment of a permanent organizational mechanism to tackle the problem of unemployment in Nigeria


Welcome to National Directorate of Employment (NDE)

The global economic recession in the ‘80s had become progressively worse for the developing countries in general and for Nigeria in particular. There was drastic reduction in capacity utilization and consequent outright closure of industries in the country. Equally, other macro-economic policies of the government of the day such as the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), devaluation of the naira, privatization and commercialization of the economy,

Vocational Skills Development Programme

VOCATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (VSD) The Vocational Skills Development programmme known at inception as Youths Employment and Vocational Skills Development is one of the Directorate’s job creation programmes primarily concerned with bequeathing productive, functional and marketable skills to the unemployed youths in the country. These skills acquisition intervention, introduced as a novel approach in combating mass unemployment, has remained a veritable tool since the creation of NDE in 1986. The programme involves the use of NDE skills acquisition training centres as well as informal sector operators such as master crafts-men and women as training outlets. Where the informal sector operators are used, the trainees are attached with them for periods long enough for the apprentices to acquire necessary skills that would launch them into the world of employment. The Department also deploys well-equipped mobile workshops to train unemployed persons in rural areas where informal training outlets are non-exist

Small Scale Enterprises, SSE

Small Scale Enterprises (SSE) Programme The Business training programme provided by the Small Scale Enterprises covers several areas of business development for various categories of unemployed persons and potential entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurship development programme introduce NYSC members and other graduates of tertiary institutions to the opportunities for self-employment and identification of business opportunities as well as business start-up and improvement programmes for school leavers and retired persons.

Rural Employment Promotion, REP

Rural Employment Promotion (REP) Programme In a bid to awaken the interest of the unemployed youths in agriculture to exploit the tremendous opportunities for employment and wealth creation in the sector and consequently, stem the rural drift of the youths, the NDE designed a special training programme for youths in agriculture. The training programme covers modern agricultural practices in the areas of crop production, livestock management, crop processing.

Special Public Work, SPW

Special Public Works (SPW) Programme The construction and maintenance of both urban and rural infrastructure in Nigeria have hitherto depended on heavy, capital-intensive equipment and technology. The trend was efficient and sustainable while the economy was buoyant and graduate and school leaver unemployment constituted no threat to the nation. The NDE therefore views infrastructural construction and maintenance as capable of becoming a labour sponge.​The International Labour Organization (ILO) subsequently introduced to the NDE the use of labour based light equipment method of construction and maintenance of rural infrastructure.

Beneficiaries REP
Beneficiaries SME
Beneficiaries BSD

Our Departments


The Human Resource Management Department is responsible for the routine duties of general administration of the NDE staff and related issues


The Planning, Research and Statistics Department is the Think Tank of the NDE. It was established by the Civil Service Reform Act 43 of 1988.


The Department collaborates with programme and service departments, receives funds and disburses same in accordance with the Public Service Rules and Financial Regulations for the smooth operation of the Directorate


The Women Employment Branch was established in 1991 with the mandate to ensure full and equal participation of women


The Procurement Department is set up for the purpose of implementing its procurement plans for the delivery of public goods, works and services usually through a third party (contractor)


The Inspectorate Department is one of the service departments of the NDE, saddled with the statutory responsibility of ensuring that programme implementation is consistent with policy directives, with a view to achieving set goals and objectives.

What we did

See Our Programmes Past and Present


Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo

Director General

Mrs. Olayinka T. Olayemi

Director Human Resources

Mallam Aliyu Abubakar

Director Procurement

Mr. Martins Folarin

Director Inspectorate

Mrs. Enebel O. Roseline

Director Small Scale Enterprises

Mrs Ifeoma N.Y Ezepul

Director Special Public Works

Hajiya Amina-Lewa Abba Shettima

HOD Vocational Skills Development

Mr Edmund Onwuliri

Director Planning Reseacrh & Statistics

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Mal Faisal Ibrahim Audu

Director Rural Employment Promotion

Mrs Mary Ndirpaya

Director Finance & Account

Director-North Central

Director-North Central

Director-North East

Director-North East

Director-North West

Director-North West

Director- South East

Director- South East

Director- South West

Director- South West

Director- South-South

Director- South-South