The National Directorate of Employment, NDE says the Federal Government is committed in tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria through the introduction of various initiatives.
The Director-General, Dr Nasiru Ladan Arugugu who spoke with radio Nigeria in an interview in Abuja said that the youths could utilise the initiatives to become gainfully employed.
Dr Arugugu pointed out that the NDE would not be about creating jobs alone but how it would help assist those who are already into petty jobs to accommodate others.
He said the increasing youth unemployment can be tackled speedily when critical stakeholders increase the level of collaboration between them.
The Director General explained that now is the time for Nigerians not only to encourage the growth of local business initiatives as a tool for boosting the economy and create jobs for youths, but also be active participants in job creation efforts.
While calling for collaboration between public and private sectors, Arugugu insisted that government alone could no longer effectively shoulder the burden of employment creation within the globalisation context.
He therefore called on all other stakeholders to support the Directorate in resettling beneficiaries of its programmes, as it can no longer provide start-up materials for its trainees.
The NDE boss said It is now imperative for all categories of the unemployed to embrace the great opportunities for self-reliance as presented in all states of the federation through the National Directorate of Employment.
Arugugu therefore re-affirm the commitment of the NDE to the continual provision of innovative employment creation models that will always compliment the micro economic policies of the Federal Government.
He stated that collaboration towards employment creation is a model that the NDE will keep fine-tuning in order to meet the ever-changing dynamics of mass unemployment.
“I am glad to state here that our collaboration with other stakeholders in the employment sector is yielding the desired results and we remain committed to expanding the scope of our operations in this regard.” Arugugu added
Speaking on some of the measures NDE has taken since his assumption into office to create jobs, he explained that a total of eight hundred and sixty-one thousand unskilled and unemployed persons have benefitted from the various employment creation initiatives of the Directorate while twenty thousand have been settled.
The Director General further explained that NDE has developed a new concept of agricultural practice and production that is strategically designed to take agriculture from subsistence farming to a more rewarding and profitable agri-business level with value addition.
Dr Arugugu also advocated for the introduction of a policy in the nation’s tertiary institutions that will encourage under graduates to learn a vocational skill before graduation.