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NATIONAL Directorate of Employment, NDE, has said for unemployment to be effectively tackled, innovative programmes and schemes must be regularly injected into the economy through skills that are demand-driven specific, relevant and community-based.
According to NDE, this will reduce poverty by stimulating income generation and wealth creation.
Co-coordinator Lagos NDE, Mr. Adebowale Ologbenla, spoke at the graduation of 50 constituents of Lagos Central senatorial district, trained in photography, video recording, catering, small chops, mobile phones repair, hairdressing, barbing and smoked fish business in a community-based training programme.
Ologbenla urged other stakeholders to emulate Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central),) who collaborated with NDE on the skill acquisition scheme.
Earlier, Senator Tinubu said a virile human resource development scheme was essential to developing the full economic value in a society, making skills acquisition integral to a nation’s growth.
According to Tinubu, “the Federal Government is passionate about youth empowerment. But the task is for everyone. That is why government should fund and empower NDE so that more of this kind of collaboration will be executed for full economic growth.”
Also speaking at the event, the wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, who was represented by Mrs Lola Akande, Commissioner for Women Affairs, said: “Economic empowerment is the backbone of any human being.
A life without a means of livelihood is a life of disadvantage. A job skill is what gives you something to plan with.”