The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Kano State, North-West Nigeria, on Monday launched training for 2,896 women and youths on various skills acquisition.
The NDE Co-ordinator in Kano State, Alhaji Iliyasu Ahmed, said after the launch that the training was under the second phase of nationwide programme to create 76,400 jobs initiated by the Federal Government in January this year.
He said out of the figure, no fewer than 2,029 women would receive training in cosmetology, while the remaining 869 males would be trained in various trades.
He added that during the two-week training, male beneficiaries would be taught how to make interlocks, tailoring, computer repairs, as well as electric and satellite repairs.
The co-ordinator added that a total of 2,896 persons will undergo the training in Kano State under the second phase for 76,400 jobs creation nationwide.
Of the 2,896 prospective beneficiaries, 2,029 are women, while 869 are males.
Ahmed said the decision to train women on cosmetology was borne out of the beliief that it played an important role in the economy of the country.
He explained that the training was designed to enable the beneficiaries to acquire skills and become self-reliant, as well as contribute their quota to national development.
He, therefore, urged the trainees to take the programme seriously, noting that the Federal Government initiated the programme as part of renewed efforts to tackle unemployment challenges, especially among youths.
A prominent Islamic scholar, Sheik Abdulgaffar Nasiru-Kabara, commended the Federal Government for initiating the training, saying it would go a long way in checking redundancy among unemployed persons.
He said the programme was also in line with the religion of Islam which discourages begging and emphasizes the need for people to engage in useful ventures to earn a living without becoming liability to the society.
Source: Voice of Nigeria