Mohammed Kaka Misau
In its quest to pulled out citizens from joblessness, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced a three-month training for 25 unemployed graduates in solar power installation and maintenance in Bauchi State.
The Bauchi state Coordinator of the Directorate, Mr. Lawan Yaya made this known in Bauchi on Friday at the end of a five-day orientation exercise for the beneficiaries.
Lawan who said the training is being carried out under the Solar Energy Training Scheme (SETS) of the NDE, noted that the training was a collaboration between the NDE and Abuja Graduate School.
Yaya, who explained that the exercise commenced on Monday, noted that the trainees would be sent to master trainers for proper practical and on-the-job training skills for three months.
He said that Malam Abubakar Fikpo, the NDE Director-General, was concerned about the unemployed graduates in the country, hence the various self-sustenance training initiated by the Directorate to address unemployment in the country.
He said that the objective of the training is to develop skills’ service personnel in solar energy procurement, installation and maintenance as well as to use infrastructure deficit to provide power for small businesses, homes, and streetlights, among others.
The state coordinator explained that the beneficiaries would be taught on how to maintain inverters, install the panels, maintain the batteries and how to do the connections before going to the field with their master trainers.
“NDE wants to reduce the number of unemployed youths, especially, the teaming graduates who are redundant and sitting at home doing nothing because government jobs are hard to come by these days,” he said.
Yaya also explained that the beneficiaries would be given resettlement packages after the training and N15,000 each as transportation allowance for the period of three months.
He advised them to be punctual, listen attentively and be good ambassadors of the NDE and to the teeming youth in general.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Abubakar Lawal expressed appreciation to the Federal Government and the NDE for the gesture.
He assured of their determination to make effective use of the knowledge they are going to acquire to become employers of labour.