Speaking in Lokoja on Thursday at the opening of a two-day orientation programme for the beneficiaries, the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Mr Kunle Obayan, said that the objective was to make the youth self-reliant.
He said that they would be trained in various skills that will ultimately make them to be more marketable.
Obayan, who was represented by the team leader of YESSO, Mrs. Olaomi Sylvia, said that the youth would become job creators to enable them to contribute meaningfully to the society.
”The focus of the federal government in providing employment opportunities for unskilled and semi skilled has become necessary as there are no longer white-collar jobs in the labour market,” Obayan remarked.
He said that the youth who are already on the nine-month training would, on completion, be deployed to the private sector to undergo a six-month internship/apprenticeship.
”During the training period, the federal government through the World Bank, would ensure prompt payment of monthly stipend to beneficiaries who will in turn receive skills acquisition free of charge, ” he said.
The Director-General commended the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the State Chamber of Commerce and Industries, for their support to the programme.
He also solicited the support of the governor for the provision of basic working tools and equipment for the beneficiaries to enable them to be on their own.
In his speech, the Kogi State Coordinator of YESSO , Mr. Noah Aliu, praised the World Bank and the federal government for the initiative which he said, would go a long way to turn the beneficiaries to wealth creators.
Speaking on behalf of the World Bank, Mrs. Nnenna Oshagbemi expressed the readiness of the global bank to reduce poverty and unemployment through various intervention policies.(TNE)