The National Directorate of Employment ( NDE ), in collaboration with Aisha Arobo Catering and Training Centre, on Thursday graduated 52 youths in Catering and Pastery services in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The feat was an initiative of the NDE FCT office, under its Vocational Skills Development Department (VSD), geared towards empowering youths to becoming entrepreneurs and thereby reducing high unemployment rate in Nigeria.
Community leaders, parents, Bwari Area Council officials and officers of the NDE were present at the graduaton ceremony which held at the Normadic Primary School premises in Bwari.
In her speech,Mrs Naomi Mutah Nyadar,NDE FCT State Cordinator and host of the event, commended the graduating students for making themselves available for the training,adding that the empowerment was part of efforts by the Directorate to reduce unemployment and make youths self reliant.
“The youths who are graduating into self employment today probably entered the training with lack of marketable skills and could have easily fallen prey to any deviant behavior common with unemployed youths in Nigeria.
“It is heart-warming therefore to note that these youths have become the next generation of great caterers,Master Chefs who will provide the needed products and services for economic growth of our dear country.
“I specially commend the efforts of our amiable and master trainer,Aisha Arobo Catering and Training Centre who have collaborated with us over the years.I sincerely commend your contribution to national development in this area.
I wish to congratulate the graduate as I urge you to make judicious use of the skills and knowledge you have acquired to actualize your dreams of being self reliant,”she said.
Also speaking, the Proprietress of the training centre, Mrs Aisha Arobo, lauded NDE for the partnership and commended the graduating students for their commitment and dedication in the course of their training.
“I am very proud to collaborate with NDE in its efforts at empowering unemployed Nigerian youths. I urged those who are graduating today to make good use of the skills and experience they gained from the exercise.”
One of the graduating students,Miss Salma Mohammed, expressed delight for participating in the training programmme and commended the catering centre and NDE for the initiative.
She, however, called on unemployed youths, especially young graduates, to avail themselves for such empowerment opportunities and become job creators, instead of waiting endlessly in search of paid employments.
“I am happy to successfully complete this training and can now be slef employed and in the process employ others.I am grateful to our trainer and NDE for giving us this opportunity.
“My advice for other youths is for them to go for skills acquisition like this instead of waiting for government employments,”she urged.
Highpoints of the event was the exhibition of delicacies prepared by the graduating students,as well as presentation of certificates of participation to them by the DG of NDE, Dr Nasir Ladan Mohammed.
He then congratulated them for successfully completing the program,while commending the NDE FCT office for its commitment to the directorate’s mandate and vision.
Mohammed, who was represented by Eng. Mani Yakubu, a Director in the Department of Vocational Skill Development,noted that the NDE, over the years,through its Vocational Skills Development Department,has trained, empowered and resettled a large number of Nigerian youths.