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NDE commences training of 1,542 youth across the nation



NDE trains youths in Nigeria to address unemployment

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has started training of 1,542 beneficiaries of its Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (A-NOAS) throughout the country.

The acting Director General of NDE, Mr Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo announced this while speaking to some of the beneficiaries on Wednesday in Kano.

Nuhu-Fikpo, who was represented by Mr Musa Ibrahim, stated that two beneficiaries were chosen from each of the 44 Local Government Areas of Kano State.

The acting DG of NDE added that the beneficiaries had gone through the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), which made them eligible for the A-NOAS training.

He said, “B-NOAS is a scheme through which unemployed school leavers are recruited and attached to master craftsmen and women in the informal sector or NDE Skills Acquisition Centres to acquire marketable vocational skills for decent job opportunities.

“The trainers impart skills to the trainees using training facilities in their workshops or the NDE skills centres.

“The A-NOAS is designed for artisans who graduated from B-NOAS. It is aimed at upgrading their skills to higher levels of competence.”

Nuhu-Fikpo, while commending the beneficiaries, appealed to them to utilise the opportunity given to them to be independent, and guarantee that others profit from them.

He stated, “There are many people on the street looking for such an opportunity, but could not get it, therefore, I am appealing to you and the state to take it seriously.”

One of the beneficiaries, Zainab Muhammad, who is gaining immensely from satellite engineering training, stated that the training will help her in various ways, particularly to further her studies.

She said, “I am so happy to be part of this training, because I wrote exams on various occasions but was not able to pass, not to talk of getting admission.

“But with this development, I can be self-reliant and also have courage and confidence to further my education.

“From the beginning, I was discouraged, because I was the only female in the satellite engineering unit, but with the support of my parents, I was able to endure.”

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