GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, has said his administration intends to partner the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, in tackling employment.
The governor explained that the issue of unemployment will be difficult to tackle if the government and other stakeholders do not identify the key areas such as agriculture. Governor Obaseki spoke in Benin City when he met with NDE management members, were in Government House on a courtesy visit. Urging the agency to be more proactive and apply strategies in its employment techniques, he said the state would collaborate with NDE to train the necessary personnel, who would be identified in the chain of production.
According to Obaseki, his administration’s strategic approach towards creating jobs in fulfillment of his electioneering promises was to first take cognizance of the state of the economy, understand the size of the problems and also identify key areas where jobs could be created.
The governor said there was lack of investment in large-scale agriculture because investors did not have access to large expanses of land for optimal utilization. In addition, he disclosed his government had acquired about 250,000 hectares of land for agricultural activities during the cropping season, this year.
Obaseki said other areas his administration had shown commitment were in signing an MOU with a power plant company, the Azura power project aimed at boosting power supply in the state and the rehabilitation of Benin Technical College as a means to improve on capacity building.
He called on all relevant stakeholders to work harder to discourage the youths from travelling abroad in search of greener pastures.
Earlier, Edo State coordinator of NDE, Mrs Ayo Edegbai, who represented the Director General of NDE, listed the programmes so far executed by the agency to include Vocational Skills Development Programme, VSD, Small Scale Enterprises, SSE, Rural Employment Promotion programme and Special Public Works Programme, SPW. While seeking collaboration with the state government, she said about 100,000 persons in Edo State had benefitted and gotten resettlement from the NDE programmes.
Meanwhile, the state NDE boss said the agency had already collaborated with Shell Petroleum, Faith-Based Organisations, LAPO and some members of the Edo State House of Assembly.