NDE Begins Quick Loan at Last – Apply

In pursuit of alleviating unemployment, redirecting the youth from idleness, and mitigating crime and criminality nationwide, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has initiated a program to provide select Nigerians with training in tie-and-dye and batik making.

The directorate conducted a ceremony for the resettlement loan scheme of its Community Based Training Scheme (CBTS) and School on Wheels (S.O.W) programs.

During the event held in Yaba, Lagos State, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, the Director-General of the directorate, emphasized that engaging youth in income-generating activities is the primary solution to poverty and the escalating crime rate.

He stressed the significance of empowering young people and women with marketable skills in high demand, citing its potential to reduce poverty and crime levels in the nation.

Fikpo, represented by Mrs. Serena Olayebi Edward, the Lagos State coordinator of the directorate, highlighted the exacerbation of unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

He emphasized the imperative to skill up the Nigerian populace to cushion the economic impact.

Asserting the NDE’s commitment to eradicating poverty and creating employment opportunities for all unemployed individuals, Fikpo disclosed the resettlement of 22 beneficiaries under the CBTS program and 22 under the S.O.W program.

Additionally, he announced plans to train 20 individuals in paint production through the Quick-Fix program.
Hajia Hadiza Kolo, the head of the Loan Unit, NDE Lagos, informed that beneficiaries of the resettlement loan scheme are expected to commence repayment after a three-month moratorium period.

She urged timely repayment to access further loans. Mrs. Edward underscored the importance of skill acquisition, urging beneficiaries to be diligent and industrious, emphasizing the opportunity provided by the Federal Government.

Mr. Olusegun Osinowo, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) general manager, counseled participants to utilize their acquired skills to enhance their economic status and serve their communities positively.

Olori Esther Oni Asafa, wife of the Onijanikin of Ijanikin, Lagos State, commended the directorate for equipping young Nigerians with skills for financial independence and contributing to national economic development.

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