By Omolara Adasofunjo

Twenty people, classified as unskilled and unemployed women and youths from different parts of Ogun State have been offered the opportunity to become gainfully employed by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, under its Vocational Skills Development initiative.

Director-General of the NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo while flagging off the training and orientation programme for the beneficiaries in Abeokuta said the women and youths would be trained for 3 months to enhance their productivity and enable them to contribute to nation-building.

Represented by the Ogun State Coordinator of the Agency, Mrs kehinde Osinowo, the Director-General of the NDE said the trainees would acquire skills in computer appreciation and catering services free of charge through the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme.

Mallam Fikpo encouraged the beneficiaries to be focused and committed, restating that President Bola Tinubu’s administration had been deliberate in promoting and ensuring support for all interventions aimed at empowering the youths and creating job opportunities.

Similarly, the Head, of the Department of Vocational Skills Development, VSD, Hajiya Amina-Lewa Shettima who spoke through Mr. Igwesi Onyekwelu urged the participants to regard the skills acquisition training as a major tool for poverty eradication and self-reliance.

Earlier, the Head of VSD in Ogun State, Mr. Owodunni Samuel had explained that different categories of residents, including unskilled men and women, like primary or secondary school leavers, school dropouts, retirees, and vulnerable persons as well as graduates of tertiary institutions were being helped to acquire marketable skills through the training scheme.

Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Temiloluwa Gbeletan expressed confidence that their exposure to the free vocational training would raise their standard of living and empower them to become employers of labour.

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