NDDC to empower 5,000 youths, women in Niger Delta- Says Nsima Ekere
By Udeme Clement
The Niger Delta region is poised for greater growth this 2018, as Niger Delta Development Commission ,NDDC, is putting measures in place to empower over 5,000 indigenes including youths and women in skills acquisition scheme.
The Managing Director of NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere, made this known at the launch of the sixth edition Empowerment Support Initiative ,ESI, in Owerri, explaining that the beneficiaries of the scheme were drawn from the nine Niger Delta States.
The NDDC Boss pointed out that the programme was designed in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive for the Commission to speedily end youth restiveness, unemployment and poverty within the nine States in Niger Delta.
He also said that the programme was initiated by Mrs. Judith Amaechi, the Wife of Transport Minister.
Speaking through the Executive Director of Projects, NDDC, Mr. Samuel Adjogbe, Ekere explained that the idea was to ensure that youths and women from the oil region enjoy a good living condition.
His assertion, “This government is working tirelessly to ensure that poverty, unemployment and youth restiveness do not continue to impinge on the development of the region.
“In that capacity, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed NDDC to ensure that over 5,000 youths as well as women in Niger Delta States are adequately empowered and trained in sustainable skills, in order to be gainfully employed.
“Therefore, in line with the presidential directive, we are beginning with training of 5,000 people in POP ceiling, tiling, electric wiring and other entrepreneurial skills, with a view to developing home grown artisans. The programme will pave the way for beneficiaries to improve their standard of living in the society”.