Benin - No fewer than 100 000 persons, including widows and orphans in Edo, have benefited from various programmes of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in the state since 1997.
The coordinator of the agency in the state, Ms Ayo Edegbai, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.
Edegbai said that the programmes which the people benefited from include vocational skill development, small-scale enterprise development, rural employment promotion and special public work.
She said that the agency created employment for the people “with or without formal education,” adding that they had all been gainfully employed or had become employers of labour.
The coordinator said that the organisation recently concluded the training of 50 vulnerable persons, including the physically-challenged, HIV patients and widows.
She said that the programme lasted from mid 2012 to February this year and that people were trained in soap making, beads making, catering services, hair dressing, events management and interior decoration.
Edegbai called on groups, philanthropists non-governmental bodies to partner with the agency in training more people in the state and helping them out of poverty.
“NDE cannot solve the employment problems in the country alone. So, we need individuals, churches, mosques and organisations to collaborate with us,” she said.
She also advocated the encouragement of children from less-privileged homes to learn trades so as to reduce the rate of unemployment among youths.