In a bid to boost the economy of the nation through self reliance, over 76,400 entrepreneurs in Cross River have been trained in various acquisition skills by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Michael Abang reports.
The State Coordinator, Gabriel Udam, disclosed this in Calabar during the opening ceremony of the job creations exercise which he said was taking place simultaneously across the country.
He said owing to the increase of graduates and emerges of universities in the country, the statistics of unemployment in the country has increased, and this has equally caused youth’s restiveness, robbery and kidnapping.
Udam explained that empowering youths in various skills such as cosmetology, GSM Repairs, Hairdressing, Computer Appreciation and bead making would reduce crimes among youths.
He said, “As you are all aware, the statistics of unemployment in Nigeria is increasing by the day. It is also note that universities are emerging everyday which means more graduates are being churned out of our institutions to join the already saturated labour market.
“This particular situation can only result in frustration with a consequence of deviant behaviors, and unless immediate action is taken to stem the unwholesome tide, Nigeria will be leading to the precipice.”
While urging the beneficiaries to put their knowledge into practice after the training, the NDE State coordinator disclosed that its mandate was to recruit 2,000 unemployed youths across the state in various skills.
“In Cross River State our mandate is to recruit 2000 unemployed youths across the entire state to train in various skills. The training commencing today will equip all of you in various vocational skills with both theoretical and practical knowledge to enable you set up your own business.
“ It is our hope that at the end of the training, a lot of you will be able to put your knowledge into practice to justify the huge investment of government on you, in doing so also, you will boost the effort of the private sector that is the major driving force in major economics in the world.” Udam said.
The State NDE Director commended Members of the National Assembly both at the Senate and House of Representatives for partnering with the Directorate and urged them to resettle the beneficiaries after training.
According to him, “I wish to appreciate their contribution towards the mobilization of participants for this training exercise. I also wish to appeal to them to as a matter of necessity to resettle all the participants so they can actualize their dreams as entrepreneurs.”