Mrs. Ufele addressing the participants.
By Chukwujekwu Ilozue,
The Special Public Works (SPW) Department of National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun a programme to fine-tune trainees in Anambra State on their various vocation with the view to grounding them in their chosen careers for employment.
The Anambra State Coordinator of NDE, Mrs.Chika Ufele, disclosed this to the 180 candidates from Anambra Central Senatorial District on Thursday.
She explained that the training was tailored to serve as an exit strategy for the participants of the Extended Special Public Works (ESPW) and was taking place simultaneously in all the three Senatorial zones of the state.
The training on Advanced Business Scheme will involve no fewer than 540 participants, she said.
Addressing the participants during the opening ceremony at Awka South council headquarters, Amawbia, Ufele said that the 180 participants were drawn from each of the zones.
She further disclosed that the training was developed as part of the effort to equip the beneficiaries with advanced business skills that would enhance their capacity to succeed in their chosen businesses.
She said that apart from the counseling sessions, the training of the participants would be a two-day programme, to enable them discover their potentials as entrepreneurs and how to establish their enterprise.
Mrs. Ufele said: “Other topics to be taught include how to manage your business, how to sustain and grow your business, how to avoid business failure and how to write feasibility study report among others.
“It is our strong belief that after the training, all the participants would have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills that would enable them succeed in their various chosen enterprise, thereby help in growing the economy.”
Besides, the Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, explained that it was pertinent to know the entire job creation activities of NDE covered three broad categories which are vertically integrated.
The DG, who was represented by Deputy Director, South East zonal office, Mrs. Ifeoma Ezebue, said: “These are value re-orientation away from a culture of perpetual search for non-existent or dwindling wage employment opportunities, skills acquisition training and resettlement, that is provision of starter packs.
“The NDE has always carried out these activities with vigour, dedication and commitment to its mandate, which is primarily to reduce unemployment and poverty within the limits of its resources.
“As we are all aware, empowerment of trained persons is very capital intensive and it’s therefore difficult for the NDE to resettle every person trained through its various programmes.”
Fikpo also said that the Directorate collaborated with some credit-granting institutions to expand the scope of its resettlement activities to accommodate more skilled unemployed persons.
Some of the collaborated organisations are Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, through the NIRSAL Micro Finance Bank (AGSMEIS Loan scheme), Bank of Agriculture, BOA, National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND) among other financial institutions.
It was gathered that this was a view to source finance for its beneficiaries.