National Directorate of Employment, NDE, has commenced the training of 50 Anambra unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions on enterprise start-up and development scheme organised by the Small Scale Enterprises Department of the organization.
The training was developed as part of the effort of the Directorate to equip the participants with professional and business skills which would enhance their capacity to succeed in their chosen businesses.
The Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo announced this yesterday during the opening ceremony of the programme in Awka, Anambra state capital.
The DG, who was represented by the Deputy Director, South East zonal office, Mrs. Ifeoma Ezepue explained that the entire job creation activities of the Directorate covered three broad categories which are vertically integrated.
” These are value reorientation, away from a culture of perpetual search for non- existence or dwindling wage employment opportunities, skills acquisition training and resettlement, that is, provision of starter packs.
” Therefore, the concept of the Enterprise Start-Up and Development Training Scheme,ESDTS, is to offer business training to graduates of tertiary institutions desiring to take up self- employment by becoming young entrepreneurs.” he stated.
In her ealier remarks, the state Coordinator of NDE, Mrs. Chika Ufelle said within the duration of the 5 days training, the participants would be taught on how to discover their potentials as an entrepreneur and how to establish own enterprise.
Other topics to be taught, she said, include how to manage, sustain and grow business, how to avoid business failure and how to write a feasibility study report among others.
Ufelle further regretted that empowerment of these trained persons was capital intensive which usually constrained NDE from proper resettling of every trained persons through it’s various programmes.
” To this extent, the Directorate took the initiative to enter into collaboration with some credit granting institutions in order to expand the scope of it’s resettlement activities to accommodate more skilled unemployed persons.
” Some of the organisations the NDE has collaborated with in this regard include the Central Bank of Nigeria through the NIRSAL Micro Finance Bank( AGSMEIS Loan scheme), Bank of Agriculture (BOA), National Economic Reconstruction Fund ( NERFUND).” She stated.
The Coordinator further expressed strong belief that after the training, all the participants would acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that would enable them succeed in their various chosen interprise which helps in growing the economy.