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 Fairground 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
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