The National Directorate of Employment through its Special Public Works Department Friday flagged off orientation for 30 participants of the enviropreneurship development scheme (EDS) in Sokoto.
Flagging off the EDS, the State Coordinator of NDE, Mrs Eunice Danmallam implored participants to always think about what they can do to make positive impact in their generation and country.
Mrs Danmallam who added that the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government has not only initiated but also implemented several schemes aimed at creating wealth for the unemployed Nigerians, further appealed to all beneficiaries of NDE programmes to make optimal use of the knowledge gained to create wealth for themselves.
The NDE State Coordinator, Mrs Eunice who spoke on behalf of the Director General, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo said enviropreneuship is all about, “bringing market principles to resolve environmental problems”.
To this note, Mrs Eunice said, “the EDS is geared towards improving environmental sustainability to increase socio economic activities, generate employment opportunities, encourage wealth creation and impact in poverty reduction efforts in the country.
This therefore means, interested unemployed persons will be attached to various workshops of their interest in recycling existing waste materials/resources which will inturn benefit present and future generations.
Mrs Eunice also added that the EDS will help create environmental maintenance awareness amongst people living in the communities nationwide.
The NDE State Coordinator further divulged that a stipend of ten thousand naira will be paid to participants for each of the three months of the training.
Speaking earlier, the HOD, Special Public Works Department, of NDE, Malam Yunusa Jibril represented by Ibrahim Muhammed
said the scheme will help reduce the impact of poverty in the country. He however urged participants to be punctual in their respective places of primary assignments, adding that, they will be converting waste to wealth.
One of the trainers, Moyi Bello, who has Moyi Electricals said he will be training participants on how to repair fans, refrigerators, pressing irons and other electronics.
On his part, another trainer, Malam Suleiman who is the chairman Aluminium Pot Makers Association of Sokoto said people with skills are more satisfied working for themselves than for others.
Responding in their separate appreciations in behalf of the participants, Bilyaminu Sani and
Malam Aminu Suleiman said participants should count themselves very lucky to have been remembered by the government, adding that, “been an entrepreneur leading to self sufficiency is what makes stable wealth.
Bilyaminu also appealed to all students on strike to take advantage of the period to acquire vocational skills, as according to him, no knowledge gained is a waste.
Picture caption 1:
Sokoto NDE State Coordinator, Mrs Eunice Danmallam presenting consent form to one of the trainers of EDS today in Sokoto.
2: Mrs Eunice middle and staff of Sokoto NDE in group picture with participants of the EDS.
Photos by ANKELI EMMANUEL