Women Employment Branch

The Women Employment Branch was established in 1991 with the mandate to ensure full and equal participation of women in the four main programme of the Directorate, Small Scale Enterprise, Special Public Work and the Rural Enterprise Promotion Programmes.


  • To initiate and implement gender specific scheme/activities that provides direct delivery assistance to women of diverse background.
  • To identify factors that militates against the full participation of women in programmes the Directorate.
  • To liaise with women organisation e.g Government and non-governmental that are involved in gender specific programmes.
  • Any issue that is of interest to gender mainstreaming and development.

Over the years, the branch has focused its activities through the women associations and cooperative societies. The women Employment Branch has concentrated on training of women in income generating activities such as Food Processing, Basic Business Management skills acquisition, Cosmetology, Bead Making, Tye and Dye, Adire Shoes  and Bag Making, Fashion Design, Catering, Spices production, Packaging, Interior decoration, Hat Making to mention but a few.

Collaboration Programs

The National Directorate of Employment collaborates with various stakeholders with the intent to scale-up the Agency’s programme execution, expanding her reach to a greater number of unskilled and unemployed persons in the country outside the provisions of statutory budgetary provisions. These stakeholders includes indigenous and international partners such as Agencies of the Federal, State and Local Governments, International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Office of the Vice President, National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Bank of Agriculture (BOA), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Faith based organizations (FBOs) Community Based Organizations (CBOs), well-meaning individuals and philanthropists. They partner with the Directorate either in training unskilled and unemployed Nigerians or providing starter packs to those trained for the establishment and management of their profitable small-scale businesses under the supervision of NDE.

Over the years, the Directorate has collaborated successfully with members of the National Assembly in the provision of quality skills acquisition training to their constituents at the grassroots. This has been implemented either as individual empowerment projects of the distinguished Senators and Honourable Members or as part of their constituency/Zonal Intervention projects. As a result of the Directorate’s enviable track records in the implementation of constituency projects, a total of One Hundred and Eighty (180) such projects are domiciled with the NDE in the 2017 Appropriation Act.

Internal Audit Branch

The Audit Unit appraises internal control system of the Directorate. It is also referred to as the government “watchdog”. The unit ensures the efficiency, effectiveness and proper implementation of financial rules and regulations.

Legal Division

The Legal Division is saddled with the responsibility of providing legal advice and rendering legal services on matters that concerned the Directorate.

Information and Public Relations (IPR) Division

The Information and Public Relations Division remains the image maker of the NDE. The central responsibility of the Division revolves around the effective and efficient management of the corporate image of the Directorate through robust media coverage and audio visual presentations of the Directorate’s programmes/schemes, Job creation events and any other major activities as well as bringing such information to the public.

The Division used various media platforms such as print and electronic media to publicize activities of the Directorate in order to boost the image of the NDE, while at the same time maintain good relation with the Trainees, Trainers,  beneficiaries of the NDE and the general public