National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Borno said it trained 1,200 women, youths and vulnerable people on small scale enterprise skills acquisition programme in 2014.
The Borno NDE Coordinator, Alhaji Wakkil Kalanga told agency reporter, in Maiduguri, Wednesday that the beneficiaries were trained for two weeks, under the agency’s Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP).
He said that the training was designed to provide employment opportunities for unskilled and unemployed youths, women and other vulnerable groups, to enable them become self-reliant.
The coordinator explained that the beneficiaries were trained in various business skills that would enable them to establish skill-based enterprises within a short period of time.
Kalanga said that N10,000 was given to each of the beneficiaries as resettlement loan– to enable them start on their own.
“The beneficiaries were expected to pay back in 12 month to enable others benefit from the scheme,” he said.
According to him, 15 graduates were also empowered under its Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP).
He said that the graduates were recruited and attached to willing corporate organizations for tutelage for a period of six months.
The Coordinator said that the gesture was to enable the youths acquire the needed skills and practical experience that would help address unemployment in the country.
Kalanga said that during the six-month internship, each of the beneficiaries received N10,000 as monthly allowance.
The Coordinator said that after the training programme, the graduates would be prepared for self-employment option in enterprises of their own choice.(NAN)