The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State embarked on the training of 50 artisans to acquire different skills on collaborative construction.
The training under the “Artisans in Collaborative Construction Employment System (ACCES)” is implemented by NDE to reduce unemployment in the country and help young people become self-sufficient.
Speaking at the flag of the three-month training this weekend, the MIL Coordinator of Enugu State, Chief Donatus Uchegbu Azubuike, who represented the Chief Executive, Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, instructed the trainees to do everything they can to learn the skills to help themselves.
He said the program was designed in collaboration with construction industry players such as architects, engineers and technicians to help impart skills to participants.
He said that in addition to gaining skills through the program, participants would gain certification in addition to the stipends paid to them.
According to him, the colonial masters who established artisan quarters in some cities knew the importance of acquiring skills, hence the artisan quarters.
He, however, lamented that artisans’ quarters are now moribund, pointing out that many would be encouraged to learn skills through NDE’s ACCES programme.
Azubuike therefore urged participants to acquire the thresholds, saying they would do everything possible to ensure they follow the pattern, noting that many today indulge in social vices because they are idle.
One of the architects from the Ministry of Agriculture, Arc Chukwuani Chinedu Michael, urged the participants to have an open mind to acquire the skills because the training has a duration.
“Have an open mind. Pay attention wherever you are to learn the trade. There is a timeline and you have to take the opportunity while it lasts,” he said.