Mrs Buchi Ojei, Co-ordinator, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Abia state, South-east Nigeria, has urged youths to embrace skills acquisition as a viable option to white collar jobs.
Ojei gave the advice at the closing ceremony of the NDE Cosmetology training programme held at Asaga, Ohafia, Abia state.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is the lead Federal Government agency charged with creating decent employment opportunities for the nation’s teeming unemployed persons.
According to source, 500 participants benefitted from the one-week training, which was in conjunction with Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Chief Executive of Nigerian Film Corporation.
Ojei said that certificate qualification had failed the country; thus, the best was to embrace skills that could make one self-reliant and an employer of labour.
“People who are working are going into skills acquisition now. The world is going into skills acquisition, so the earlier we embrace it the better.
“I am happy to say that Abia indigenes have really embraced skills acquisition,’’ she said.
The NDE co-ordinator said that forms had been given to the participants to facilitate loans for them:
“We have a collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria. These forms will enable them access loans and with these loans, they will be able to be established,’’ she said.
Ojei expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the training, saying that the participants were part of the 10,000 to be trained by the NDE in Abia state.
She thanked the Director-General of NDE, Nasir Argungu, for bringing the training to the place and commended Maduekwe for collaborating with the NDE for the successful training.
Mr Sunday Ugah, a participant from Arochukwu, commended the organizers:
“I learnt a lot in Cosmetology. With this training, I can now produce and as well sell.
“With something like this, many Nigerians will be self-employed.”
Highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates to the trainees as well as inspection of the displayed products by the NDE state co-ordinator.
Some of the products produced by the trainees include liquid soap, shampoo, bleach, perfume, air freshener, balm, body jelly and conditioner.
Amaka E. Nliam