The Director General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Dr Mohammed Labaran, has said that youth empowerment remains one of the major ingredients to economic development of any nation.
He spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State during an interactive meeting on the new strategy for the implementation of the Skills for Job Training Component of the Youth Employment and Social Support operation (YESSO).
The DG he said youth empowerment was important in the development agenda of the three tiers of government.
He said the strategy being deployed was designed to increase coverage and participation of more youths from poor and vulnerable households in skills training at various level,.
Labaran added that youth development was central to economic and human development and in order to achieve sustainable growth, the talents, creativity and entrepreneurial vigor of youths were highly required.
Also speaking, the NDE YESSO Focal Person, Mrs. Roseline Silvia Olaomi, reminded states participating in the Skills for Job that the Output-Based State led Skills for Job sub-component was going to be run side-by side with the skills for job main component, especially now that the second pilot circle of the training is currently going-on in Kwara, Ekiti , Oyo and Niger while Bauchi, Cross River, Kogi, and Osun states starts soon.