The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, has said President Bola Tinubu was working towards propelling the nation towards a sustained progressive economy and job creation.
Onyejeocha stated this at a meeting with state coordinators and officials of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) with the theme “Developing a Roadmap for the NDE within the framework of the Renewed Hope Agenda” in Abuja.
The Minister said that the current administration has weaved its employment policy around skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development for blue-collar jobs and that the NDE was a catalyst in the attainment of the President’s desire to lift 50 million Nigerians out of poverty.
She called on the NDE to strengthen strategic initiatives to create more decent jobs and to be ready to translate the articulated policies of government into tangible realities.
The Minister also charged the NDE to focus on the youth, women, and vulnerable groups to build the core skills needed for national revival, growth, and prosperity.
Onyejeocha stressed the need to increase the tempo of sensitization and awareness for the skills acquisition programmes and entrepreneurship development initiatives of the Directorate.
The Minister said the call to the NDE was timely and necessary, especially at a time when Nigeria was faced with unemployment challenges, especially among the youth and women.
She noted that the NDE, with its mandate to create jobs and promote employment, has a critical role to play in addressing this challenge.
She further noted that by focusing on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development, the NDE can help equip Nigerians with the skills they need to be self-employed or to find jobs in the growing sectors of the economy.