By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, says another term of four years for President Muhammadu Buhari will be the end of unemployment among youths in the country.
Ngige who was at Idemili South Local Government Secretariat, Ojoto, for the passing out of 500 youths trained in cosmetology by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, said Buhari’s Government was working hard to end youth unemployment.
He said the government had set up training programmes to ensure that the youths were gainfully engaged in skill acquisitions and become employers of labour.
He urged unemployed youths to register with the National Directorate of Employment for various training programmes, saying that before long, unemployment in the country would become history.
‘Buhari’s Government is desirous to provide skilled jobs to the youths so that they will not only provide employment for themselves but become employers of labour,’ he said.
Ngige said the beneficiaries of the training programme who were sponsored by him would be provided with funds to enable to them start their own businesses.
He enjoined them to form cooperatives to strengthen their businesses, adding that the cost of engaging in cooperatives would be reduced for them.
In his address, the Anambra State Coordinator of NDE, Mr Iroegbu Eke, said the concept of the training was borne out of the desire to ensure that unemployed persons in the country were exposed to the benefits of self-reliance through the production and marketing of household products such as soup and disinfectants.
He expressed the belief that they had been well exposed to the benefits and opportunity to improve and better themselves and the country at large.
He advised them to put whatever knowledge and experience gathered in the training into work.
‘Gain fame, strive for expertise, shun fear of the unknown and develop determination to succeed in spite of obstacles,’ he charged them.