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NDE predicts vices upsurge nationwide; militancy, kidnapping et al

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has predicted an imminent rise in cases of restiveness, kidnapping, robbery, and prostitution in the country.

The Director-General of the agency, Mr Olakunle Obayan made the disclosure Monday at the opening ceremony of the “Start Your Own Business” (SYOB) training of the directorate in Awka, Anambra state.

Mr Obayan charged youth, particularly graduates of higher institutions to acquire practical skills to keep themselves busy and away from these vices.

SYOB, he noted, was designed to ensure that unemployed graduates of tertiary institution would be exposed to the benefits of self-reliance through entrepreneurship. 

Also, that the training would also guide them in their choices of business ideas that would instill self confidence in managing their own businesses successfully.

Hear him, “I’m sure that you are aware that statistics of unemployment in Nigeria is high.

“It is also important to note that more universities are emerging which would mean more graduates being churned out of these universities to join the already bloated market.

“This particular situation can only result in frustration and give rise to various deviant behaviours such as youth restiveness, prostitution, kidnapping, robbery and so on,” Obayan stated.

He noted that most developed nations achieved economic prosperity through small scale businesses that propelled employment for their populace. 

Mr Obayan pointed out that it was for that reason that NDE encouraged the formation of small businesses.

He noted that such businesses had the potential to developing into big entities, with the right commitment.

He said the purpose of the training was to ensure that the beneficiaries would recognize their individual potentials as well as writing feasible reports that would enable them attract facilities.

He commended the Anambra state Government for partnering the directorate in executing its mandate, and urged the 150beneficiaries of the training to maximize the opportunity.

120 of the beneficiaries are students in the junior secondary school and were being trained in various skills as holiday programme; 

50 senior secondary school graduates would receive training under SYOB;

Whereas 318 beneficiaries received N20,000 each under the Artisan Resettlement and Mentoring Scheme.

From Chuks Collins, Awka



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