The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced the training of 540 unemployed youths in various vocational skills in Cross River State. Speaking during the flag-off ceremony of the training exercise on Friday, the director-general Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo urged the select youths to see themselves as privileged, having been chosen from the vast population of unemployed in the state.
The DG, who was represented at the event by the state coordinator, Udam Gabriel Ugbashi, added that the exercise which will be for three months was meant for 360 unemployed youths who will participate in basic vocational skills training and 180 participants in advanced vocational skills training across the 18 local government areas of the state.
According to him, the skills include fashion design, hairdressing, plumbing, television/radio repairs, GSM and electrical installation.
The director of the vocational skills department, NDE headquarters, who was represented by Haroon Eze, admonished the trainees to take the training seriously in order to justify the huge investment of the Federal Government.