A total of One Thousand, One Hundred and Ten persons have benefitted from the job creation schemes of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Edo State.  This was disclosed by the Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr. Festus Keyamo, during the flag off of the Special Public Works Scheme, disbursement of Micro Credit Loans and resettlement of graduated trainees under the Vocational Skills Development Programme in Benin City the Edo State capital. Five thousand persons drawn from five rural local government areas of Edo state were engaged under the Special Public Works Scheme which is currently under its pilot phase. The beneficiaries under this scheme will be deployed to provide services specific to their localities in areas such as cleaning of public infrastructure, maintenance of public facilities like roads, vegetation control, clearing of drainages and the like. Each participant will be paid a stipend of N20,000.00 per month over the period of three months the pilot phase of the scheme will last. The Minister added that women and youths between the ages of 18 and 35 are the target group for the scheme.

In the same vein, One Thousand and Sixty-Nine micro enterprises received micro loans to enhance their businesses during the event. The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, appreciated the Federal Government for choosing Edo State as one of the beneficiaries of the various interventions designed by the NDE to address the challenge of mass unemployment. He advised the NDE to give the empowerment of women priority attention as it would have immediate positive impact on the family. He charged the beneficiaries to make maximum use of the opportunities that the Federal Government has provided them through the NDE promising to support the implementation of the schemes through effective monitoring.

Equally, Forty One persons previously trained by the NDE under the Vocational Skills Development Programme, received resettlement tools to enable them commence business in the relevant trades. The lucky beneficiaries had received vocational training in sixteen trades like Fashion design, Welding and Metal Fabrication, Catering, Vulcanizing, Computer Operations, GSM Handset Repairs among others. The Director-General of the NDE Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan, stated that the agency is poised to actualizing the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari towards lifting One Hundred Million poor Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years. The Director-General put the total cost of the empowerment in Edo State at over Nine Hundred Million Naira.

Edmund Onwuliri

Deputy Director

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