INCREASE BUDGETARY ALLOCATIONS FOR NDE – KADCCIMA PRESIDENT URGES FG

The President of the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Dr Muheeba Farida Dankaka, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to increase the annual subvention of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in order to step-up actions against the rising unemployment in the country.
The call was made at the Kaduna International Trade Fair ground during the NDE Day celebration on Thursday last week.
According to the KADCCIMA President, NDE, the apex and oldest employment generating agency in the country, was established to tackle unemployment by creating jobs especially for the teeming youths in the country. She said despite major achievements of NDE in Skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development, rate of unemployment in the country remains high and is becoming a time bomb if nothing is urgently done. She therefore urged the Federal Government to increase budgetary allocation to the Directorate and map out strategies to ensure that money released is used for the purpose it is meant to serve.


Outlining the benefits of International Trade Fairs in Nigeria, the President noted that trade fairs such as the Kaduna International Fair has promoted the national economy, improved international relations and contributed to research growth among others. She noted that despite the rate of insurgency in the country, the Buhari administration has performed superlatively in the provisions of infrastructural facilities for the country. The President was represented by Hajia Hawa Lere, a chieftain of KADCCIMA.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Labour and Employment, who was represented by the NDE Director General, Dr Mohammed Nasir Ladan, said that the mandate of the NDE is to provide employment for the willing Nigerians irrespective of their educational status. He said NDE has many life changing skills acquisition programmes and schemes upon which many jobless Nigerian youths can rebuild their lives, become self employed and employers of labour. He recounted millions of business enterprises that have been boosted by the NDE under the Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme and urged jobless Nigerians to avail themselves of the various job opportunities presented by the NDE.
The Director General and other dignitaries of the occasion later visited the NDE pavilion where various products and services of NDE beneficiaries were inspected and appreciated. The Director General urged the dignitaries to patronize NDE beneficiaries and use locally made goods to improve the Nigerian economy.

Adekitan Israel
Information and Public Relations (IPR)

SIX THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND TEN PERSONS EMPOWERED IN EDO STATE

A total of One Thousand, One Hundred and Ten persons have benefitted from the job creation schemes of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Edo State.  This was disclosed by the Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr. Festus Keyamo, during the flag off of the Special Public Works Scheme, disbursement of Micro Credit Loans and resettlement of graduated trainees under the Vocational Skills Development Programme in Benin City the Edo State capital. Five thousand persons drawn from five rural local government areas of Edo state were engaged under the Special Public Works Scheme which is currently under its pilot phase. The beneficiaries under this scheme will be deployed to provide services specific to their localities in areas such as cleaning of public infrastructure, maintenance of public facilities like roads, vegetation control, clearing of drainages and the like. Each participant will be paid a stipend of N20,000.00 per month over the period of three months the pilot phase of the scheme will last. The Minister added that women and youths between the ages of 18 and 35 are the target group for the scheme.

In the same vein, One Thousand and Sixty-Nine micro enterprises received micro loans to enhance their businesses during the event. The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, appreciated the Federal Government for choosing Edo State as one of the beneficiaries of the various interventions designed by the NDE to address the challenge of mass unemployment. He advised the NDE to give the empowerment of women priority attention as it would have immediate positive impact on the family. He charged the beneficiaries to make maximum use of the opportunities that the Federal Government has provided them through the NDE promising to support the implementation of the schemes through effective monitoring.

Equally, Forty One persons previously trained by the NDE under the Vocational Skills Development Programme, received resettlement tools to enable them commence business in the relevant trades. The lucky beneficiaries had received vocational training in sixteen trades like Fashion design, Welding and Metal Fabrication, Catering, Vulcanizing, Computer Operations, GSM Handset Repairs among others. The Director-General of the NDE Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan, stated that the agency is poised to actualizing the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari towards lifting One Hundred Million poor Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years. The Director-General put the total cost of the empowerment in Edo State at over Nine Hundred Million Naira.

Edmund Onwuliri

Deputy Director

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Hamisu GSM Handset Repairs & Sales, Bauchi

Success Story: HAMISU GSM HANDSET REPAIRS & SALES, Bauchi State

Beneficiary Name: Hamisu M. Dauda

Business Name: HAMISU GSM HANDSET REPAIRS & SALES

Business Address: Behind Container shops, Wunti Market (upstairs), Bauchi State

Business Number:  07064914705

Mallam Hamisu M. Dauda is a native of Ningi LGA of Bauchi State. He participated in the Resettlement Loan Scheme (RLS) of the Vocational Skills Development (VSD) in 2011. He was granted a loan of N98,100 to help expand the business.

The business has different type of phones for sale, chargers, phone jackets and more. He employs 6 people.