The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in partnership with the Taraba Government, supported by the World Bank on Wednesday commenced the training of 720 unemployed youths in Taraba in various skills to make them self reliant.
Dr Nasiru Argungu, the Director General of the directorate noted at the opening ceremony of the occasion in Jalingo that the Federal Government was determined to tackle poverty head on.
Argungu explained that the Skills for Jobs (S4J) iniative was currently being implemented in 17 states of the federation was aimed at job creation, poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor.
“I wish to recognize the existence of the social safety Net Instrument as effective
Coordinating platform for poverty reduction in country.
“I commend the key stakeholders particularly the officials of the Taraba government, Federal Operation Coordinating Unit (FOCU), State Operation Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Taraba office of NDE, parents and guidance of the beneficiaries for the success of this event.
Represented by Alhaji Adebisi Aderemi, the Taraba Coordinator of NDE, Argungu commended the Taraba State Polytechnic Bali, Jalingo Campus for meeting the requirements to conduct the first level skills training for beneficiaries for the first three months.
On his part, the Taraba Coordinator of the state NDE Coordinator, Alhaji Aderemi, whose speech of was read by Mr Albert Olorunniyi noted that the governments at national and state levels had deep concern for the poor and the unemployed.
He explained that the 720 unemployed youths were selected from the over 5,000 identified trainable members of poor house holds who were registered by the SOCU of the Youth Employment Social Support Operation (YESSO).
Aderemi noted that participants were drown from Ardokola, Jalingo and Yorro Local Governments areas of the state, said all the 16 local government councils would benefit from the program.
Mr Anthony Jellason, the Secretary to Taraba Government urged the beneficiaries to take their training seriously.
While pledging the commitment of the state government in empowering the youths, Jellason commended the world bank and the FG for the partnership aimed at reducing poverty in the state.
In his welcome address, the Rector of Taraba Polytechnic Ayuba Abershi thanked all those worked hard to ensure a successful take off of the training.
Abershi urged the beneficiaries to be attentive so as to make maximum use of the opportunity to become employers of labour.
Stakeholders including traditional rulers, security officers, the media, parents and guardians attended the flagging off of the skills acquisition training.