NDE recruits 400 Bayelsa indigenes for business scheme

From Simon Utebor, Yenagoa


The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has said it had recruited 400 unemployed Bayelsa State residents for entrepreneurship training under its Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (BNOAS).

NDE Director-General, Dr. Nasiru Argungu, announced this while speaking with the beneficiaries at an orientation in Yenagoa, the state capital.

He said the programme was part of Federal Government’s plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Argungu, who was represented by the Bayelsa State Coordinator of the directorate, Mr. Aham Osuchukwu, said the 400 beneficiaries would undergo training in 11 skills areas.

He listed the fields as computer appreciation, hair dressing, aluminum fabrication, catering, interior decoration, fashion designing, welding and fabrication, video coverage and photography, makeover, dish installation and electrical installation.


The NDE chief advised the beneficiaries to utilise the opportunity to acquire the relevant skills to enable them become self-reliant and creators of jobs for others.

Argungu said: “You will recall the pledge by President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. This programme is a component of it. By going through this training, you can take your destiny in your hands and harness abundant opportunities in the informal sector.

“The NDE is tackling unemployment by creating opportunities for the unemployed to acquire skills and we enjoin the unemployed to visit the NDE job centres and select from the array of available schemes.

“It is no longer fashionable to say I don’t have a job. The fashionable saying now is, if you don’t have a job, create a legal one. We cater for every calibre of persons in the society, from the vulnerable to the retirees.

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“I admonish you to channel your youthful energy towards skills acquisition and become proficient in your chosen field, rather than roam endlessly for elusive jobs. An idle mind and hand is the devil’s instrument for the creation of chaos in the society.”




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