The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration is working hard to end youth unemployment.
Ngige stated this at Idemili South Local Government Local Government Secretariat, Ojoto, during the passing out of 500 youths in the area who were trained by the National Directorate of Employment.
He said the government had organised training to ensure that youths were gainfully engaged in skill acquisitions and become employers of labour.
He said before long, unemployment in the country would become history, adding that unemployed youths should register with the NDE for various training programmes.
Ngige said the Buhari administration was ready to provide skilled jobs for youths “so that they will not only provide employment for themselves but become employers of labour.”
He said the beneficiaries would be provided with funds to enable them to start their own businesses.
The minister enjoined them to form cooperatives to strengthen their businesses, adding that the cost of engaging in cooperatives would be reduced for them.
In his address, the Anambra State Coordinator of NDE, Mr Iroegbu Eke, said the training was borne out of government’s desire to ensure that unemployed persons in the country were exposed to the benefits of self- reliance through the production and marketing of household products such as detergents and disinfectants.
He said, “It is my belief that you have been well exposed to the benefits and opportunity to improve and better yourselves and the country at large.
“I advise you to put whatever knowledge and experience you have gathered in the training into work.
“Gain fame, strive for expertise, shun fear of the unknown and develop a determination to succeed in spite of obstacles.”