The National Directorate of Employment, NDE, has kick started basic business training for the beneficiaries of the Federal government Extended Special Public Works (ESPW) programme. On 19th January, the federal government inaugurated the programme in the state by the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, HMSPR, Chief Timipre Sylva.
The programme was initiated to recruit 1, 000 (One Thousand) unemployed youths from each local government area of the state and to be engaged for three (3) months in jobs available in their localities and be paid a monthly stipend of N60, 000 (Sixty Thousand Naira), which is N20, 000 (Twenty Thousand Naira) for each of the 3 months.
Mallam Abubakar Nuhu, the Director-General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, who was represented by the Bayelsa State Coordinator of the programme, Mr. Ahamefule Osunchukwu during the inauguration of the training in Yanegoa, the Bayelsa state capital, applauded the federal government for the successful implementation of the scheme across the federation.
He stated that the present business training is part of the recipients’ exit strategy from the 774, 000 jobs scheme, targeted at equipping the ex-participants with entrepreneurial and business skills intended at exposing them to the fundamentals of business and available business prospects.
The training, according to Osunchukwu, will allow recipients to effectively use the facilities that will come their way creditably with the crucial goal of moving them from unemployment market to making them job creators. He concluded by disclosing that the training is spread across the three senatorial zones of the state.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Bassey Attah, the Director of Small Scale enterprises, who was represented by the Mr. Sunday Apakasa enjoined the participating recipients to accept the training as an olive branch from the federal government via the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, meant to make the employers of Labour.
If you are in Bayelsa state and you are among the beneficiaries of this programme, it is time to deploy your energy to ensure that you get the maximum knowledge and the experience you required to become one of the people that will change the story of unemployment in Nigeria.