Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity have advised the Federal Government to handover its job initiative programme N-Power to the National Directorate of Employment scheme (NDE).
Why FG Should Handover N-Power to NDE
The suggestion came up recently at a stakeholder meeting in the National Assembly wjere former Chairman of the Committee, Senator Suleiman Nazif (PDP Bauchi North) told the gathering that bringing N-Power programme under NDE would make it more impactful.
He was of the opinion that the NDE has the required platforms and structures across the 36 states of the federation and 774 local government council areas of the federation to carry out the empowerment programmes more effectively and impactfully.
Senator Nazif said:
“Empowering Nigerians through social intervention programmes by any government is highly commendable but the required success of such a programme lies on anchoring them on solid structures which NDE has, and not elitist structures anchored on laptops being presently used.
“The Labour Ministry is the Ministry any serious government should focus attention on in developing the people through all the different agencies under it like the NDE, NSITF etc.
“The idea of coming up with empowerment or social intervention programmes without anchoring their implementation on solid existing structures built over the years has always been counterproductive and will continue to be so.”
Corrobatating the views of Nazif, the new Chairman of the Committee, Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC Katsina South) and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Climate Change , Senator Bukkar Abba Ibrahim (APC Yobe East), jointly agreed that for the intervention programmes of empowerment to be more visible, already visible agencies such as the NDE, should be empowered to drive it.
Challenges of NDE
Director General of NDE, Dr Nasir Ladan Argungu, who spoke on some of the challenges of NDE to include lack of sufficient funding, stated said that the Directorate has 118 skills acquisition centres across the 36 states of the federation and FCT, Abuja, 53 Agricultural training centres aside functional offices in all the 36 states of the federation and 691 out of the 774 local government areas of the federation.
The Committee promised to pay key attention to the funding challenges in the 2019 budget.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs lbukun Odusote, represented the Minister, Dr Chris Ngige at the gathering.
We are sure many people have not heard about NDE. National Directorate of Employment is an agency of the Federal Government in Nigeria to design and implement job creation programmes that will promote attitudinal change, employment generation, reduce poverty and enhance wealth generation.
NDE was established in November 1986 even though it began full operations in January 1987.
Roles of National Directorate of Employment (NDE)
- NDE was designed by the government of General Badamosi Babangida to operate as an employment creation agency.
- To design and implement programmes to combat mass unemployment among Nigerian graduates.
- To work on policies aimed at developing work programmes with labour intensive potentials for the befefit of Nigerians.
- To obtain and maintain a data bank on employment and vacancies in the country with a view to acting as a clearing house to link job seekers with vacancies in collaboration with other government agencies.
- To implement other policies as may be laid down from time to time by the board established under section 3 of its enabling law.
Do you support the opinions of the above stakeholders that Federal Government should handover N-Power to NDE?