In its bid to boost self-employment, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), has began a 5 day training for 25 unemployed graduates in Kogi state on Solar Power Installation and Maintenance.
The training which is under the NDE Solar Training Scheme of the Special Public Works Programme, is aimed at providing the participants with the needed skills to become self-employed.
In his keynote address, the Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo which was delivered by the Kogi state Coordinator of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Zakari, called on the trainees to take the training seriously as it will serve as a life changing opportunity for them.
The Director General noted that many are looking forward for the rare privileged but yet to come their way hence the need for the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity in improving upon their living standard.
He described Solar Energy as the only alternative towards boosting regular power supply in Nigeria saying that the knowledge acquired on the scheme will be of great economic value to the nation.
Fikpo therefore, urged the participants to appreciate the management of NDE for considering them for the free training.
One of the resource persons, Engineer Anselem Egbugha in his Paper at the Workshop, charged the unemployed graduates to see the training as a great privileged which they must ensure maximum utilisation to acquire skills that would make them self-reliant.
Responding on behalf of the trainees, Mr. Sam Moses said that they will forever remain grateful to NDE for the opportunity which he assured will uplift their living standard at the end of the programme.