We Will Partner NDE To Take Oyo Youths Out Of poverty- Makinde

We Will Partner NDE To Take Oyo Youths Out Of poverty- Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has stated that his administration will partner with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to take youths of the State out of poverty.

The Governor, also said that the state was poised to turn the energy in the youths to assets for developmental purposes.

Governor Makinde stated this while hosting a delegation of the NDE in Oyo state led by the State Coordinator, Alhaji Awosanya.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the state Government was ready to introduce different youth empowerment schemes that will enable the teeming youth population to become gainfully employed and maximise their entrepreneurial potentials.

Governor Makinde also said that his government was ready to partner with the National Directorate Employment (NDE) with a view to enhancing employment opportunities for the youths in the state.

The governor said: “Oyo state government will lways be ready to collaborate with any group or organisation on how unemployed youths in the state can be taken out of poverty.

“Oyo state is not ready to set the pace in poverty multiplication among the youths but will do everything that is possible to alleviate poverty in the state,” the Governor said.

He noted that the state will key into different NDE programmes that have to do with the empowerment of youths, positive engagement of the people and things that could reduce social tension and allow youths in the state to be self-reliant and self-sustaining.

“Your agency has the responsibility of assisting youths of the state and our government would cooperate with you by supporting your activities towards providing the training that will make our youths to be self-reliant and self-employed,” Governor Makinde added.

He noted that the requests of the NDE team would be looked into and that necessary assistance would be provided to the Directorate.

Earlier in his remarks, the Oyo State Coordinator of NDE, Alhaji Awosanya Adebayo, briefed the governor on the activities of the Directorate, which he said was established in 1986 to combat unemployment, especially among the youths.

He disclosed that NDE had collaborated with the World Bank in form of a programme called Youths Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).

According to Awosanya, the programme is being implemented by the World Bank, Federal Government and the participating states, among which is Oyo State.

“Already, we have held three cycles of training on this programme, which was designed to alleviate poverty among the vulnerable and poor households in the seven participating states.

“In these states, YESSO has all components, and the components NDE is anchoring is called skills for job; it involves training young poor people in marketable skills,” he stated.

The state coordinator noted that some youths were unemployed not because there was no job to do “but because they did not have required skills, marketable skills that would grant them employment.

“YESSO is about training for skills for jobs, so NDE train these youths from vulnerable household marketable skills that will make them self employed, to be self reliance and to even have access to wage employment where possible.”

He categorised the skills for jobs into three levels of training, namely Life skills, Sector Specific Training and Entrepreneurship Training.

He said the trainees would be attached to where they would do three months Internship, fter the three levels of the training, making it a nine months programme.


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