The National Directorate
of Employment, has said the agency was already taking advahtage of the decent work agenda of the ILO to create jobs for Nigerians.
The Director General, Kunle Obanya said this at the recently concluded International Labour Conference in Geneva, adding that the decent work agenda which was the theme for ILO conference fits perfectly into the mandate of the agency.
He said the primary purpose of establishing the agency was to create jobs and impart skill to Nigerians, teaching them how to create decent jobs that will give them decent wage and be in a position to pay others decent wage.
Obanya said, “As you know, NDE is the apex agency saddled with the task of creating employment through skill acquisition, job creation and employment generation. NDE has a lot of skills and programmes set up for this purpose. Currently, we have a lot of skills that we generate.
“We have vocational skills training for a host of unemployed people such as youths and graduates who are currently undergoing training in our 84 skill acquisition programmes across the country.
Furthermore, he said”We also have the graduate coaching scheme that will employ graduates in education. We also have a scheme for students who failed the school certificate examination. The scheme is created to salvage out investment in them in education.
“We also have the community based training scheme where we go into the communities to train the various rural people who are not necessarily educated, but are there languishing.
He added”We will bring them up, find out their skill set where they have comparative advantage and train and empower them in other to create micro enterprise in that direction. We also have the commercial farmers project where we go to the rural areas for them to set up commercial farms in area of poultry, crop production among others.
We have a partnership with CBN and we will cue into the various programmes of the CBN like the anchor borrower programme for production of rice and its value chain, poultry and its value chain all over the country.
He noted, “We have a lot of schemes that will key into this ILO decent work agenda as well as the promises of the government to the people. We are there as NDE to generate employment through our various schemes. They are numerous and it is a matter of the people taking advantage of these scheme which are there in all the states of the federation.
“Creating decent jobs is about creating jobs that will be able to give them a living wage.
The National Directorate