The Master Trainers under the auspices of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) have commended the Directorate for her efforts at job creation through Vocational Skills acquisition programme nationwide. The cross-section of NDE trainers in Lagos and Ogun States who were interviewed over the weekend gave kudos to the management of the NDE for its emphasis on vocational skills in curbing unemployment in the country.
The Director General of NDE, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan, since the inception of his administration in 2017 has laid special emphasis on Vocational Skills and Agricultural development in driving job creation programmes of the NDE and addressing realities of unemployment in the country.
According to Mrs Adesina Adesola; the Director of ‘His and Hers Catering and Decorative Services’ located at Oke Lantoro Abeokuta in Ogun State, unemployment is better fought through vocational development and micro entrepreneurship. She said she has trained over 100 people for NDE in Catering Services, Event Decoration and Cake Baking adding that most of her graduated trainees have established and are doing very well. Mrs Adesina Adesola who started her business in 2006 with twenty five thousand (N25, 000.00) naira only said she is worth over Two Million (2,000,000.00) naira today having an average monthly income of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand (250,000.00) naira.
Another accredited Trainer of NDE Mrs Risikat Olumide Quadri of Risol Ventures Limited, Fagba Lagos, whose specialty is Fashion Designing, Bag Making, Bead stringing, other crafts such as Ankara shoes, bags Diapers and Fabrics appealed to the Directorate to encourage the youths and the jobless to acquire vocational skills rather than search for unavailable white collar jobs. She said she has trained over three hundred (300) youths and women for the NDE over the years some of which according to her have become stand up celebrities in the business.
“I started with nothing over twenty six years ago with my mother’s machine. I grew up to buy fairly used machines, I saved and bought more. I made clothes; sold clothe materials and made money. This property I used for shop outlet was bought at the sum of M27N. I have many more and I have no other business. Risol Ventures itself is worth over M60N today.”
She said the future is bleak for the country because youths of today are not willing to learn marketable skills. They want everything handed down to them. She advised youths to desist from yahoo business and settle down to do something beneficial to their lives. “Youths are only wasting their time by searching for white collar jobs. My children have learnt this skill, though it’s like I forced them, but they are using it to finance themselves in school today”. The average monthly income of Risol Ventures, according to Risikat, is about three hundred thousand (N300,000.00) naira owing to regular secured contracts such as Hotel Clothes, Bag Making and cloth designs. Resol Ventures presently has 45 NDE participants under its training.
Mr Akinola Sobanjo of Powertech Solar Energy Company limited is another Master Trainer who has succeeded in training many youths and retained some of them as staff for Powertech. Besides, another batch of fifteen NDE trainees graduated in December 2018. He appealed to NDE to further step up the orientation of the youths on the numerous benefits of skills acquisition and self-reliance. Powertech Solar Energy was incorporated in 2010 having commenced business in 2006 with M1.2N. The company presently is worth M20N with a staff strength of ten. He encouraged the youths to identify vocational skill of their choice and learn to perfection rather than fooling around. According to Mr Akinola, “white collar job will give you specific salary if you are fortunate to secure one, but you can work out you income if you become an expert in your skilled business”.
Other master trainers who eulogized NDE for vocational training include Oluwakemi Jolaoso of Kemi Nigeria Textile and Adire Enterprises. Her organization which specializes in Adire art and craft designs is based in Abeokuta, Ogun State but is privileged to have represented Ogun State and Nigeria in many fairs and exhibitions. She implored NDE to keep high the tempo of skills acquisition in its job provision initiatives.
Engineer Mukaila Odebode of MukailaOdeb Engineering Works; specialist in sales and repairs of all brands of electrical generators and plants, Onwunmi Daniel of Dantech Mobile phone centre, Omolaja Bamgboye of Largeman Footwear and Femi Olalekan of People’s Farm Academy are other respondent NDE trainers who are positive that Nigeria will surmount the challenge of unemployment through vocational skills and agricultural development.
Assist Director (IPR)