NDE vows to tackle rural, urban migration with more job opportunities for youths

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By Michael Oche

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) had assured that it is committed to creating more job opportunities for Nigerians, including women and youths in rural communities in a bid to stern rural urban drift in the country.

In a statement on Wednesday, NDE director general, Abubaka Nuhu Fikpo said the NDE is in a better position to reach the unemployed persons in the grassroots and across the cities.

He noted that the NDE as one of the agencies the Federal government statutorily assigned a critical role in the Government’s business of job creation, the Directorate has re-strategised some of its job provision schemes and programmes to efficiently operationalise President Bola Tinubu’s job creation agenda.

According to him, the NDE is sustaining deliberate efforts to expand its job creation scope within the ambit of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu, as well as also reviewing its schemes and programmes.

He said, “Serious attention is being giving to all our method of operations. We are fostering collaboration with other government agencies, private sector organisations, donor agencies and philanthropists.

“As year 2023 winds down, it is worthy of note that NDE has done tremendously well in its job creation programmes. Despite the challenge of global economic depression that equally affected Government’s resources, the NDE is proud to say that it provided job opportunities to many unemployed persons and put smile on their faces.

“We have trained and empowered many graduates of tertiary institutions, school leavers and drop out through different skills acquisition schemes and programmes. We have assisted many with soft loans to kickstart businesses. And we are geared to do more in the year 2024”, he said.