The National Directorate of Employment has embarked on three months training of 60 unemployed youths in Ogun State on Environmental Beautification Training Scheme under the Special Public Works department of the Directorate.
The NDE Director-General, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo while flagging off the Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS) 2023 training in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said the training was developed as part of the effort of NDE to empower unemployed persons through acquisition of professional skills in environmental beautification, sanitation and protection.
The Director-General who was represented by Ogun State Acting State Coordinator – Mrs. Oshinowo Ajoke, remarked that the scheme comprises of Hard Landscaping, Soft Landscaping, Horticulture, Tilling and Plaster of Paris (POP).
He further reiterated that each skill area will be anchored by different experienced resource persons in order to ensure their proficiency at the end of the training period.
Congratulating the participants for being selected for the training, the DG said the programme is aimed at reducing the rate of unemployment in Nigeria and also for them to become self-reliant and employers of labour.
He said “this training scheme is a step in the right direction, as it equips individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive impact in the country. It is also about instilling a sense of responsibility and self-dependence in each participant.
“You are to seize this opportunity with enthusiasm and dedication. You have been chosen to be a part of this training scheme because of your potential to make a difference. Embrace the knowledge and skills you acquire, and let them empower you to become the change agents our country desperately needs.”
The Director of the SPW Department, Mrs. Olaomi Roseline, who was represented by the Ogun State HOD of SPW department Mr. Adeyemi Ariyo called on beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity rather than wait for white collar jobs. He urged the participants to pay attention to their trainer during the training exercise.