The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it has trained 260 women on cosmetology in Nasarawa State, under its vocational and skill acquisition training programme.
The NDE State Coordinator, Alhaji Dauda Wase, made the disclosure at the graduation of the trainees on Wednesday in Lafiya.
Wase disclosed that the graduates were exposed to techniques in cosmetology processing to enable them to become self-reliant and contribute to national development.
He said that the agency was determined to tackle unemployment and restiveness in the society through various skill acquisition programmes.
“We are gathered here today to celebrate the completion of training of 260 graduates trained by the directorate in the past two weeks on production and marketing of 14 different cosmetology products.
“The training exercise was conducted simultaneously in the 13 local government areas of the state with the support of the councils and women leaders in the respective areas,” he said.
Wase listed the products to include table and liquid soap; pomade, perfumery, insecticides, disinfectants and deodorants processing.
Others were jelly, cream, hair lotion, air freshener, car wash, balm, bleach and shampoo, among others.
The coordinator urged the beneficiaries to utilize the skills learnt and engage in productive activities.
According to him, 390 participants wre currently undergoing a three months vocational and skills acquisition training in the 13 local government councils of the State.
“This is part of continuous efforts of the directorate under the Director General, Dr. Nasiru Argungu, to create jobs and reduce unemployment in the country,” he added.
Wase commended the state government and community leaders over their support to the agency.
Some of the beneficiaries, Akila Peace and Nafisat Idris, lauded the gesture, adding it would go a long way to improve their social and economic status.