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142 begins NDE training on environment, agriculture in Anambra

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A total of 142 persons have commenced training on environmental beautification and agriculture under the Special Public Works (SPW) and Rural Employment Promotion Departments of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Anambra state.

The beneficiaries were drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state while the training was simultaneously going on across the 36 states including Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

While 100 of the youths would be trained on Agriculture, 42 would undergo training on environmental beautification.

Addressing participants in Awka during the flag-off ceremony, acting director general of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, said the training would equip and enhance the trainees’ chances of becoming entrepreneurs, as well as impact specialised and marketable skills on the targeted youths.

Fikpo, represented by the director of SPW, Tony Okum, said the choice on specialised training of the participants, was a carefully designed initiative to align them with the current demands of the general economic activities of the society.

In his words, “NDE will continue to evolve new schemes in its various departments to combat the menace of unemployment in the country amidst current dwindling economic realities.

“I, therefore, invite all categories of the unemployed in our society, including those about to retire, to embrace and benefit from the vast experience of the programmes NDE developed over the years.”

State co-ordinator (NDE), Mrs. Chika Ufelle, said the training would impart specialised and marketable skills on the targeted unemployed youths, equipping and enhancing their chances of being employed and becoming entrepreneurs.

She urged the selected master trainers to see the trainees as their own and join in nurturing and mentoring the youth to be fully established as entrepreneurs.

She said, “The training will run for a period of three months and would equip the participants with the necessary skills that would enable them to succeed in their various chosen trades.

One of the participants, Emmanuel Igbena, thanked the organisers and stakeholders for making the event impactful, saying the knowledge he acquired would go a long way to assist him better his lot and that of his family.

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