The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced a five-day training for women on shoe and bag making in Ebonyi state.
Mallam Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo, Director-General of NDE, who was represented by Dr Don Anaba, the Coordinator in Ebonyi declared the programme open in Abakaliki on Wednesday.
Nuhu-Fikpo said that the week-long training was to boost the capacity of women in job creations and reduce the unemployment rate not only in Ebonyi but Nigeria at large.
He explained that the training, under the Women Employment Branch (WEB), a platform of the Small Scale Enterprises (SSE) Department of NDE was to design income generating activities for women in order to generate mass employment and reduce poverty among them.
Nuhu-Fikpo added that the Directorate through its intervention programmes and scheme has created over one million direct jobs for women of all categories through skills acquisition.
Ms Chikodi Ike, Head of Department (HoD), Small Scale Enterprises of NDE, Abuja Office said that no fewer than 740 unemployed women are participating of the training across states of federation.
Ike, represented by Carol Eluwa, HoD of WEB, SSE Department, Abuja urged the participants to confident in themselves to become expert in the skill.
She noted that at the end of the programme, the trainees would be given some money to establish their own businesses.
Mrs Martha Nwizi, Head of Unit, WEB in Ebonyi also charged for hr trainees to be dedicated in order to build their skill.
Chisom Awah, Participant pledged to be focused in the training and thanked the federal government for putting up the programme.