By Leonard Okachie, Umuahia.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on Wednesday started a three-month job training scheme for 30 youths in Abia, aimed at making them self-reliant and job creators.
The programme, known as Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS), is designed to train the youth in flower decoration and tree planting.
The beneficiaries will also be trained in interlocking constructions and designs, Plaster of Paris (POP) construction and design, among other decorative jobs.
Addressing the trainees at the NDE Secretariat in Umuahia, the Director-General of NDE, Malam Nuhu Fikpo, charged the 2022 set of trainees to utilise every opportunity provided by the training in becoming self-reliant and job creators.
Fikpo, represented by the Abia Coordinator of NDE, Mr Chima Ibe, said that NDE was in the business of training youths across the country, in line with the job creation agenda of the Federal Government.
He urged the trainees to concentrate on their field studies, as unscheduled visits would be paid to them regularly to ascertain those who were serious with the scheme and those who were not.
Fikpo said that the Federal Government had spent a huge sum of money in providing skills acquisition for the youth and other categories of unemployed persons.
“We will do our evaluation after discovering those who distinguished themselves during the three months’ training.
“We are going to be monitoring you. Abuja will also be monitoring you,” he said.
The director-general said that starter packs would be provided for those who were worthy, as only those that were found worthy would be settled.
Earlier, the Head of Special Public Works Department, Mr Michael Ubani, in his address, said that a one-week orientation programme was earlier organised for the youth before the commencement of the training.
He said that the training was in three categories, namely: soft hard and POP.
Ubani said: “In soft category, we trained them on how to use flowers, trees, plants and other ornamental materials to decorate the environment.
“In the hard category, we trained them on how to use hard stones in making interlocking.
“They are also trained on how to install POP in buildings in the POP category.”
Speaking on behalf of the trainees, Mr Samuel Umoh, expressed gratitude to NDE for the skills acquisition programme and pledged to utilise that they would aptly utilise the skills they acquired.