The Zamfara Co-ordinator of National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Alhaji Muhammad Alhassan, said that the directorate, under its various programmes, assisted 1,427 people in 2014.
Alhassan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Gusau that NDE, funded by the Federal Government, was meant to provide employment to the unemployed youths nationwide.
According to him, the Zamfara office of the directorate empowered and employed 1,427 youths under its various programmes, including Graduate Coaching Scheme, Graduate Attachment Scheme and National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (NOAS).
The co-ordinator said under the schemes, all the beneficiaries were empowered from January to date.
“In order to reduce the tension of unemployment in the state, the beneficiaries were employed under our various programs in which we pay them monthly stipends depending on the programme one is absorbed.
“Some receive N10,000 while others received N2,000 as their stipends and in some cases we also pay the trainers of our graduates a monthly stipend of 10,000 too”.
He commended the effort of the NDE Director-General, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad, for ensuring that the programmes were implemented in all the 36 states of the federation.
The co-ordinator called on the beneficiaries to use the training and the money they were provided to develop themselves so that by 2015 others could also benefit from the programmes. (NAN)