In its bid towards addressing the twin problem of unemployment and poverty among Women and Youth, the National Directorate of Employment has empowered a total of 6,800 women and youth in Nasarawa state through various intervention platforms of the Directorate such as the Micro-Enterprise Enhancement Scheme (MEES), Agric- Business and Small- Micro Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) and the Training of women and youth in Vocational Skills.

Director General of the NDE, Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungun dropped the hint during the Micro-Enterprise Enhancement Loan disbursement ceremony in Nasarawa State. This was in collaboration between NDE and His Excellency, Distiguished Senator (Dr.) Abdullahi Adamu (Turakin Keffi). A total of 3 million naira was disbursed to 300 Women and Youth from Nasarawa-west Senatorial District at N10, 000 each, this giant effort is designed to enable the beneficiaries to either start micro-business or boost their businesses.

In a related development, the DG stated that the Directorate had earlier trained 5000 youth in Basic Business Training in the State in order to prepare and provide them easy access to the Agric- Business and Small-Micro Enterprise Investment Loan anchored by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The NDE currently entered collaboration and synergy with the apex bank where participants of the BBT training can easily apply for a loan with the CBN ranging from 1million-5million to embark on sustainable agricultural business/ Agric value addition in areas of their choice.

Dr. ladan also unveiled the plan to immediately commence the training of 1,500 women and youth in   Nasarawa state. The training will focus on acquisition of Vocational Skills such as carpentry, welding, computer appreciation, cosmetology,

Auto-tronics   etc.

While making his own address, senator (Dr.) Abdullahi Adamu urged the recipients of the empowerment programme to fully utilize the opportunity offered them to become self-reliant and contribute to the Nation’s economy..

The august event was  attended by the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Cindo Ya-Musa III,        who was represented by Hon. Ibrahim Audu Usman (Wamban Keffi) and Dr. Zainab T Ahmed, Commissioner, civil service Commission, Nasarawa state, and Ibrahim Abba (Galadiman Keffi) Director Vocational Skills Department of the NDE, Engr. Yakubu Umar Mani.

Report by: Lawan Musa

Deputy Director, Publication