The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun training of 30 persons on environmental beautification in Bayelsa State, to empower them economically.
Director-General of NDE, Mr Nuhu Fikpo, who was represented by the state Coordinator, Mr Aham Osuchukwu, stated this at the training on Monday, September 5, 2022, in Yenagoa, the state capital.
He said that the training was to promote environmental renewal in habitat, both urban and rural as well as offer skills in aesthetics, protection, ornamentation to finishing and employability skills.
Fikpo said the programme was sub divided into three main categories, namely soft landscaping, hard landscaping and Plaster of Paris skill sets.
He said soft landscaping included flower gardening, landscape design, raising of nurseries and planting of grasses.
“Hard landscaping from the training scheme include production of interlocking stones, bricks, concrete paving’s stabs, hard rings and railings, kerbstones, balustrades and lastly Plaster of Paris.’’
The D-G told the youths that the skill they were about to acquire was highly sort after.
With the marshy nature of most communities in Bayelsa, he told the trainees to gear up and take hold of the profitable opportunities available to them after the training.
Also, Mrs Felicia Baite, Head, Special Public Works, urged the trainees to be humble and obedient to their trainers and uphold the workshop rules and regulations guiding the various workshops where they would be posted to.
Mr Umanah George, one of the trainees, commended the NDE management for the training, promising to be of good behaviour.
He added that they would not disappoint the organisation.
In a related development, the NDE on Monday in Port Harcourt commenced training of 50 persons on sustainable agricultural development to enhance food production in Rivers State.
Mr Edem Duke, the Head of Department Rural Employment Programmes (REP), NDE headquarters, Abuja, flagged off the programme, tagged Post Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS).
Duke, represented by, Mr Joshua Fagbemi, Senior Officer, REP Department, said that the training being organised in the state would increase food production.
He said much money had been spent on the programme to train Nigerians to improve their livelihoods and reduce unemployment
He said the training was to prepare the beneficiaries on advanced level of agriculture to enable them to meet the standard needed to enhance their farming when they received agriculture loan from government.
“We believe that the training will help them to be skillful enough to be able to sustain what will be given to them as loan to enhance their agricultural businesses,” he said.
The head of REP department urged the beneficiaries to take the training programme as a treasure given to them, to enable to them to come out of unemployment.
He stated that the participants who proved themselves qualified after the training would get loan, and encouraged them not to be distracted but pay attention to their instructors.
The State Coordinator of NDE in Rivers, Mrs Maureen Okeji, also said that one of the agency’s mandates was to design and implement job creation programmes towards combating unemployment, reducing poverty and creating wealth.
Okeji said the directorate, few months ago, trained 100 persons on SADT programme in Oyibo Local Government Area of the state where 50 were selected to be empowered.
The coordinator encouraged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity given to them by NDE to improve their livelihoods.
The Head of Department Rural Employment Promotion NDE, Rivers State, Mrs Owanaba Omofaye, said that the 50 beneficiaries of the SADT programme would be trained for five days on fifteen modules on advanced level agriculture.
She said that agriculture was the next hub of the economy which society needed to enhance food production in the state and the nation at large.
Omofaye said that the beneficiaries would be trained on how to write business plans and other policies of agro business farming.
“We are expecting the beneficiaries to train at least more 100 persons after their own training to reduce unemployment in the country,” Omofaye said.
Also, the Director of Cooperative, Rivers Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mrs Elizabeth Chidi-Wike, said the post training of the beneficiaries was to help them understand what they needed in agriculture to boost their production.
Chidi-wike said that the training would also help them to channel the loan appropriately without mismanagement.
“The training is to educate the beneficiaries on how to enrol into cooperate groups where they put their money together and start businesses that will benefit their families and society at large,” she said.
By Shedrack Frank and Precious Akutamadu