National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Launches Nationwide Registration Drive to Empower Unemployed Nigerians
Enugu, Nigeria – In a bid to tackle unemployment and promote economic development, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has initiated a comprehensive registration drive across Nigeria. The program aims to capture data on all unemployed individuals, irrespective of educational qualifications, and empower them with profitable opportunities. Ifeoma Ezekwe, the Enugu State Coordinator of NDE, disclosed this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
The registration exercise is being conducted simultaneously across all 774 local government areas (LGAs) in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. By compiling this comprehensive database, NDE seeks to provide the nation with accurate information for effective planning and policymaking. Furthermore, the agency aims to transform unemployed individuals into employers of labor and self-employed entrepreneurs, contributing to the reduction of crime rates and overall economic growth.
Under the dynamic leadership of Director-General Malam Nuhu Fikpo, NDE has been actively involved in developing programs and activities to combat unemployment since its establishment in 1987. Ifeoma Ezekwe, who assumed the position of state coordinator in May 2022, commended the Director-General as an “employment generator” due to the continuous stream of initiatives and projects implemented by NDE.
The National Directorate of Employment operates four key programs that form the foundation of its efforts. These programs encompass vocational skills training, small-scale enterprises, rural empowerment, and special public works. Recently, the Enugu State Directorate successfully concluded a training program focused on bag and shoe making for women, enabling them to acquire vocational skills and generate income while balancing their responsibilities as full-time housewives.
As part of its commitment to supporting trainees, NDE provides stipends to cover transportation expenses during the training period. However, the agency has faced challenges, including limited funding and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Naira re-design policy. Despite these obstacles, Ifeoma Ezekwe remains optimistic that NDE will fulfill its mandate and continue making a substantial impact on unemployment in Nigeria.
In light of the NDE’s ongoing efforts, Mrs. Ezekwe appealed to the state government for assistance in procuring vehicles that would facilitate access to remote LGAs. This support would ensure that the registration drive reaches all areas, including those that are difficult to reach, thereby ensuring inclusivity and effective implementation of NDE’s programs.
The National Directorate of Employment’s comprehensive registration drive signifies a significant step towards addressing unemployment in Nigeria. By capturing data on all unemployed individuals and empowering them with vocational skills and opportunities, the agency aims to create a robust workforce that can contribute to the nation’s economic growth and stability. With its dedicated programs and unwavering commitment, NDE continues to pave the way for a brighter future for the unemployed population in Nigeria.
Nigeria Witnesses Unprecedented Achievements in Combating Unemployment and Poverty, says National Directorate of Employment
The Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, has recently declared that Nigeria has made remarkable progress in its fight against mass unemployment and poverty, particularly among vulnerable groups such as women and youths. Speaking at the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) Lunch Time Seminar in Abuja, Fikpo emphasized that these efforts have resulted in the creation of millions of skilled labor opportunities in micro and small enterprises across both rural and urban communities. This significant achievement has successfully absorbed and engaged unemployed youth and women in gainful employment, ultimately contributing to the country’s socio-economic development.
The establishment of the NDE in 1986 was driven by the pressing need to address the escalating problem of mass unemployment, which was exacerbated by prevailing socio-economic factors. Recognizing the continued relevance of the Directorate, Fikpo highlighted that the NDE management has undertaken innovative initiatives to generate employment opportunities for unemployed Nigerians, effectively tackling the persisting challenges.
Fikpo also acknowledged the proactive measures taken by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Substantial investments were made immediately after the outbreak, and deliberate efforts were made to implement strategies aimed at mitigating the pandemic’s adverse effects. Notable among these initiatives were the creation of 774,000 jobs, conditional and non-conditional cash transfers, and other impactful palliative measures. These measures have not only provided temporary relief but have also paved the way for long-term economic stability.
In another significant development, President Buhari has generously approved the allocation of a magnificent seven-story building with a basement to serve as the permanent corporate headquarters of the NDE. The building, located in a prime area of the Gudu District in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was one of the properties seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from individuals involved in corrupt practices. This allocation signifies the government’s commitment to supporting and strengthening the NDE’s mission of combating unemployment and uplifting vulnerable groups.
The achievements highlighted by the Director-General and the ongoing efforts of the NDE demonstrate the Nigerian government’s determination to address the persistent challenges of unemployment and poverty. By prioritizing innovative solutions, investing in critical sectors, and implementing effective policies, Nigeria is making significant strides toward sustainable economic growth and social progress.
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