The National Directorate of Employment, in collaboration with the Nazeemursaj firm, is providing entrepreneurial development training to about 100 unemployed people.
After a five-day program in Gombe, the men and women are supposed to have gained the necessary information to become self-sufficient.
Director General of NDE, Abubakar Fikpo, who was represented by Gombe State Coordinator, Mustapha Hassan, stated in a conversation with our correspondent on Wednesday that recipients will be linked to specified institutions to get credit facilities to set up their businesses.
The amount to be accessed is determined by the magnitude of the individual’s request, according to Fikpo, who emphasizes that the goal of the collaboration is to alleviate poverty and promote personal growth.
He stated that poverty alleviation is not just the responsibility of the government, emphasizing that if the necessary knowledge is acquired, coupled with a suitable environment, self-reliance will follow.
According to him, “The NDE is collaborating with Nazeemursaj in training 100 unemployed that are aspiring for entrepreneurship development. The training aims to equip unemployed persons in entrepreneurship in order to be self-reliant.
“At the end of the training, they will be linked up with financial institutions to access loans to start their own business. However, the amount is dependent on the proposal or type of project.”
Sunday Apakasa, NDE’s Director of Small Scale Enterprises, also spoke, urging participants to take the program seriously, adding that it was organized to help them become self-sufficient and contribute to nation-building.
Given the rate of unemployment, Akpasa, who was represented by Nnodi Queeneth, said the beneficiaries should consider themselves fortunate to be part of the program.
He said, “Only a few were selected out of the teeming unemployed in Gombe. The NDE will not only train them but will link them up to access loans. You should prepare and begin to think what business to do before accessing the loans.”