Towards addressing the unemployment gap among graduates, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced a five-day training on solar installation and maintenance for 25 unemployed graduates in Bauchi State.
The Director-General of NDE, Mr Abubakar Fikpo, said at the formal opening of the exercise on Monday in Bauchi that the agency was partnering with Abuja Graduate School for the training.
Fikpo said the training was meant to explore new areas of job creation and also help to develop a critical sector of the nation’s economy.
The NDE boss, represented by the Bauchi State Coordinator of the agency, Ali Yaya, said the beneficiaries would undergo training in various skills relating to solar technology.
“NDE will not relent in its efforts towards generating mass employment and supporting the Federal Government’s target of attaining 30 per cent of renewable energy for the country by 2030,” he said.
He urged the beneficiaries to utilise the knowledge they acquired to become self-reliant and employers of labour.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mohammmed Umar, said the beneficiaries were unemployed university and polytechnic graduates.
“We appreciate the federal government and NDE for giving us the rare opportunity to acquire the training on solar installation and maintenance that will mark a turning point in our life.
“We assure you that we will make good use of the knowledge acquired to engage in the solar technological development and possibly create job opportunities for others,” Umar said.
He said that some of them had stayed long in their homes without employment.
“So, with this opportunity that has come our way, I don’t think we will misuse it,” he said.