The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on Tuesday began a nationwide training of 50 unemployed graduates on enterprise and finance counselling clinic in states across the country.
NDE’s Acting Director-General Mr Kunle Obayan, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the training was borne out of the need to ensure that unemployed graduates become self-reliant through entrepreneurship.
Obayan, who was represented by the FCT NDE Coordinator, Mrs Edna Ofordili, said that the clinic would also guide participants to choose their business ideas.
He said the programme would also avail participants the opportunity to receive solid business management training to instill self-confidence in them.
`` It is important to note that more universities are emerging, which means that more graduates are being turned out of the universities to join the already saturated labour market.
`` This particular situation can only result in frustration and give rise to various deviant behaviours such as youth restiveness, prostitution, robber and kidnapping, among others.''
According to him, developed nations achieved a lot through small-scale businesses that provided employment for the majority of their populace.
``I urge you to recognise the potential in you through counselling, writing bankable feasibility report as well as exposure to available sources of funding facilities.’’
Obayan however, urged the participants to maximize the opportunities offered by the training and commended the state government for partnering with NDE to execute its mandate.
Earlier in her remark, the Director, Small-Scale Enterprise Department of NDE, Mrs H.I Achigbu, stressed the need for dedication and commitment in the training of the participants.
Achigbu, who was represented by Mrs Henritta Ifesemen, said that it was the mandate of NDE to reduce employment and poverty levels within the limits of its resources.
She said that the agency, through its numerous collaborations, had been able to impact on the lives of Nigerian youths.
She listed some NDE partners as Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND).
The training was the fourth phase of the NDE Enterprise and Finance Counselling Clinic (NDE-EFCC) taking place simultaneously in 11 states.
The eight-day training programme is taking place concurrently in Abia, Bauchi, Cross River, Edo, Gombe, Kaduna, Lagos, Nasarawa, Osun and Rivers states and the Federal Capital Territory.