By Babajide Okeowo
National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on Wednesday started training 420 unemployed youths on various skills under its Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme.
Its Acting Director-General, Malam Abubakar Fikpo, who spoke at the orientation programme for the trainees in Birnin Kebbi, said the youths would be trained on computer programing, tailoring, motorcycle repairs and hairdressing, among others.
He said that the aim was to enable the youths to acquire skills and become productive members of the society.
Fikpo, who was represented by the State Coordinator of NDE, Alhaji Abdullahi Danjuma-Machika, said the youths would be trained for three months.
He urged the trainees to pay attention to their area of chosen field to justify the Federal Government’s investment in them.
Earlier, Malam Mamman Abubakar, the Representative of NDE Vocational Skills Development Department, enjoined the youths to be focused and observe COVID-19 protocols during the training.