The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has said 185, 000 applicants will benefit from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Agri-Business Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) loans nationwide.
The NDE Director General, Dr. Nasiru Ladan-Argungu, made this known at the orientation of 450 trainees of four schemes of the agency in Nasarawa State on Wednesday.
Dr. Ladan-Argungu listed the schemes as National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS), Advanced National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (A-NOAS), Sustainable Agricultural Development Scheme (SADTS) and Environmental Beautification Training Scheme (EBTS).
Ladan-Argungu, represented by the Nasarawa State Coordinator of the scheme, Alhaji Dauda Idris, urged the youths in the state to take the opportunity at their doorsteps to help their families and the society at large. (NAN)
He said the beneficiaries of AGSMEIS were young artisans expected to be the next generational cosmetology products producers, fashion designers, farmers, electricians, computer operators, among others.
Ladan-Argungu said, “They will through multiplier effect create several thousand other jobs to enhance the nation’s economy.’’
Earlier, the Head of Department, Vocational Skills Development in Nasarawa State, Mr. Rotgak Goar, said the schemes would transform the lives of the trainees.
Responding on behalf of her colleagues, Ms. Fatima Gambo, a beneficiary, thanked NDE for the gesture and promised that they would be good ambassadors of the scheme. (NAN)