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April 21, 2024
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NDE empowers 148 youths in Adamawa through MEES training

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By Talatu Maiwada

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has successfully trained and empowered 148 unemployed youths in Adamawa under its Micro-Enterprise Enchantment Scheme (MEES).

Mallam Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo, the Director-General of NDE, shared this achievement during the closing of the five-day training programme of MEES under the NDE Small Scale Enterprise (SSE) Department in Yola on Friday.

Represented by Mallam Nuhu Bello, Acting State Coordinator of NDE, Nuhu-Fikpo emphasised the significance of initiatives addressing youth unemployment, highlighting the role of NDE in creating jobs through skill acquisition and empowerment programmes for over three decades.

He underscored the importance of job creation and empowerment in strengthening national security, emphasising that a high rate of employment contributes to reducing social vices.

“NDE was established over three decades ago with a mandate to create jobs for Nigerians through skill acquisition, training and empowerment programmes to reduce the high rate of unemployment in the country.

“When jobs are created and citizens empowered, the security of the nation is being strengthened, because with a high rate of employment social vices are bound to be on the rise”.

Mrs Na-Amar Jonah, Head of Department (SSE), noted that the 148 beneficiaries, including males, females, and persons with disabilities, were selected across the state to promote gender balance and inclusivity.

The training, she said covered various skills such as souvenir bag making, confectionaries (cakes, doughnuts, chin-chin), and included cash disbursement to 98 beneficiaries.

“Cash disbursement targets those with small-scale businesses looking to expand and individuals lacking funds to start their own businesses”.

Jonah encouraged beneficiaries to utilise the acquired skills and resources effectively for personal and societal improvement.

Miss Esther John, a programme beneficiary, expressed gratitude for the initiative and pledged to use the acquired skills to start businesses and empower others.

The MEES programme aims to impart skills, expand small businesses, and enable beneficiaries to earn a living while becoming employers of labor, thereby contributing to economic growth. (NAN) www.nannews.ng

Edited by Joseph Edeh

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