National Directorate of Employment, NDE, has commenced the training of 925 unemployed persons across the country on environmental beautification to make them self-reliant.
Acting Director General NDE, Mr. Olakunle Obanyan, stated this during the flag-off of the training in Plateau at the weekend, he said that 25 persons would be trained in each of the 36 states including the FCT.
Obanyan who was represented by Plateau NDE Coordinator, Stephen Ndaks, said that the training was part of Federal Government’s efforts to reduce unemployment.
The DG stated that the Environmental Beautification Training Scheme, EBS, is a skills acquisition programme under the Special Public Works Programme of the NDE.
“It is designed to train participants to be self employed through the beautification of our cities and buildings through construction and maintenance of parks and gardens.
In his words “Participants are trained in tree planting and practical skills will be acquired in the production, fixing and maintenance of interlocking stones/bricks, concrete paving slaps, among others,” he said.
He assured that the NDE would continue to evolve new schemes in its various departments to combat the menace of unemployment in the country despite the current dwindling economic situation.
Obanyan assured that EBTS would impact specialized and marketable skills on the targeted unemployed youths, better equipping them and better enhancing their chances of becoming entrepreneurs.
“However, the astronomical nature of unemployment growth and the dwindling economic fortunes of the country make it impossible for NDE to tackle the problems alone.
“I therefore appeal to other stakeholders including state governments, local governments, affluent members of the society, non-governmental organisations and others to partner with NDE,”
He implored selected master trainers to diligently transfer the required technology to the beneficiaries by ensuring high quality training they are known for.
Ndaks in his remarks, said that a total of 342 youths have been trained in EBTS in Plateau since 2004.
The state coordinator said at the end of the training the participants are expected to stimulate entrepreneurial abilities in the area of both soft and hard landscaping.
He urged the participants to take training very seriously as it would turn their lives around for better.

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