Sunday, 17 April 2016

Federal Government Empowers 220 Unemployed Anambrarians With Soft Loans, others


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Not fewer than two hundred and twenty (220) unemployed skilled Anambrarians have received soft loans and working equipments from the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

Distributing the items which include hairdryers,  gas cooker, cylinder for catering services; sewing machines and others for tailoring services, barbing  saloon, toaster, microwave, welding, fashion designing, bricklaying, GSM and computer repairing materials, etc., the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige says it was part of the federal government resolve to providing sustainable jobs for the unemployed.

Ngige, who added that the exercise which kick-started in 18 states of the federation, including Anambra was to change the face of the entire nation for good, explained that the scheme seeks to empower already trained persons in any vocational skill with relevant starter packs to commence a small scale business.

According to him, the NDE has in last month recruited and placed in training another 1,850 persons nationwide under what he termed the Community Based Training Scheme with a view to resettling them in the rural communities across the nation.

The Minister of Labour and Employment equally disclosed that 370 newly trained agricultural entrepreneurs under the NDE Commercial farmers training project have received soft loans amounting to thirty seven million naira to start agro-businesses in each state of the federation.

He further disclosed that NDE has engaged five hundred and eighteen unemployed graduates with education qualification as coaches/instructors in designated centers to providing extra-moral services to over 2,882 students seeking to remedy their grades in NECO/WAEC or JAMB.

In a remark, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke thanked the federal government for keying into employment of the youths, which according to him is capable of curbing crimes, and boosting economy and internally generated revenue.
Earlier speaking, the Acting Director General of NDE, Mr. Kunle Obayan explained that the 220 empowered persons have innovatively started practicing their skills through Artisans Resettlement and Mentoring Scheme (ARMS).





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