Vocational training

Look inward to fight crime through skills training and job training

Hundreds of young people from various local government councils in Bayelsa State are seeking refuge from crime by taking refuge in job training and state empowerment programs.

According to less than 3,000 young beneficiaries, the various skills acquisition and vocational study programs have become another strategic means used to escape poverty and unemployment. Even graduates of various institutions of higher education use it to overcome unemployment and become employers of labor.

My investigations around Bayelsa State have shown that these trainings are mainly provided by the state government, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), among others, as part of a deliberate policy to make move Bayelsa from a consumption economy to a productive economy.

According to records made available by the State Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment, more than 5,000 young people have benefited from the various skills acquisition and training programs over the past year. . A total of 1,664 young people were trained and provided with starter kits under the Douye Diri skills acquisition and empowerment programme.

Another group of 400 youths were moved in two batches for integrated farming training at CSS Global Integrated Farms in Nasarawa State. Sponsored by the state government, the youths are expected to undergo two weeks of intensive training in poultry production, fish farming, plantain/cassava farming, rice/maize farming, animal feed processing, greenhouse and hydroponics as well as in ruminant fattening, agricultural enterprise and financing, among others.

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), in line with its job creation and poverty reduction mandate, has also added a lifeline to Bayelsa’s youth with the three-month training of 30 youths in skills retraining. waste.

According to NDE State Coordinator, Mr. Aham Osuchukwu, the shortage of white-collar jobs has caused members of society to honor legitimate jobs and not despise them.

Governor Douye Diri, in his message to the young beneficiaries, said that the eagerness of the young people to participate in the various skills acquisition programs showed that “they are industrious, committed and brilliant people. Various trades have been taught to you. Rather than going for handouts, you are now independent and can employ other people and add value to Bayelsa.

Two beneficiaries, Ms. Profit Abeki from Kolokuma/Opokuma and Rosemary Anthony from South Ijaw Local Government Areas said the program was a testimony that Bayelsans were able to thrive.