From Abdullahi Jalaluddeen

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun a 5-day training of 950 unemployed graduates across the 19 Northern states through its ‘Start Your Own Business’ (SYOB) project.

Speaking while Declaring the training opened the NDE’s Director General Malam Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo said the training was for unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions.

The Director General who was Represented by an official of the agency Nnodi Queenneth, said 50 unemployed graduates were selected from each of the Northern states and the FCT.

He said the essence of the training was for the graduates to know how to develop a business idea, write a feasibility plan to secure loans either from government or financial institutions.

Nuhu-Fikpo explained that start up capital would be given to some of the serious participants, especially those with good feasibility reports.

In a remark the NDE coordinator In Kano Alhaji Iliyasu Ahmed said the aim of the programme was to make the graduated to become self relient, and urged them to make Maximum utilization of the Golden opportunity.

According to him, some of the participants who were not self-employed before, would know and appreciate the NDE and the Federal Government for engaging them.

One of the participants, Ahmed Yusuf commended the Federal Government and the NDE for the opportunity given to them to participate in the programme.

He assured the government and NDE that the participants would utilise the opportunity.