In fulfilling its mandate of ensuring that Women and Youth in Nigeria are given the opportunity to acquire various Skills, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) continues to provide training opportunities through the instruments of the Directorate’s Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme, Vocational Skills Acquisition, Entrepreneurship Development and the Transient Job initiative. It is on the strength of this scenario that the Director General, NDE, Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungun, in what could be describe as a demonstration of transparency and desire to inform the public on how various trainees and trainings of the Directorate are faring under his watch, deployed Information Officers who interacted with beneficiaries in some  states.

IPR checks in Kano and Kebbi reveal highly encouraging remarks from some beneficiaries. Sadiq Ibrahim Musa is a beneficiary of Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme in Kano who is currently on Attachment, having completed  the mandatory theoretical component of the training  in  poultry business stated, ‘’I can vaccinate, feed, control temperature for my day old chicks  and even  the growing ones’’. While narrating his story, Ibrahim Aliyu Yakubu, an Engineering   graduate who received a loan of N500, 000 under the Directorate’s Enterprise Creation Funds (ECF) in 2017 said there are great potentials in Entrepreneurship and this is what motivated him to venture into the rearing of Albino rats. He said the venture is highly profitable and is receiving patronage from science students of tertiary institutions who use them for their practicals. According to him, due to high demand ‘’our chain of distribution don’t really satisfy the requirement’’ He has so far repaid the sum of one Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira.

Continuing, Malama Rabi’atu Iliyasu who is one of the trainees under the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training attached to H. B. Kebbi Vet, an Agricultural Enterprise which Specialize in various agricultural practices such as Fish farming, poultry farming, livestock and Arable Crop production, expressed delight in being part of the training because it has enriched her with the requisite   knowledge to start poultry or fishery as a business. She however called on the NDE to give them loans to set up poultry business.

Our encounter with Fatima Abubakar and Rukayya Idris reveal that the beneficiaries of Cosmetology in Birnin Kebbi.   Commended the effort of the NDE for the Skills they acquired. While waiting for empowerment package, they have already started the production of Liquid soap, pomade, and shampoo and can teach women in their neighborhood the skills.

Report by:

Lawan Musa

Deputy Director, Publication