2, 835 Graduates Vie For NDDC’s Foreign Scholarship

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has conducted Computer-Based Tests for 2,835 candidates out of the over 4,000 that applied for the Commission’s Post-Graduate Foreign Scholarship Scheme for 2018.

Speaking at the Rivers State University, ICT Centre, venue of the aptitude test, the Director, Education, Health and Social Services, Mr Goshua Okejoto, explained that the choice of the electronic examination was to enable the Commission to shortlist the right candidates to be selected for the scholarship scheme.

In a statement, the NDDC Director stated that the Foreign Post-Graduate Scholarship, which was started in 2010, was meant to equip Niger Delta graduates with relevant training and skills for effective participation in the local content programme of the Federal Government.

He explained that only candidates who had finished the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and secured admission into foreign universities were eligible to participate in the scholarship award process.

Okejoto said that after the aptitude test, 1,500 candidates would be selected for oral interview. He noted: “The process is very transparent as the candidates see their scores immediately after the test. That is the beauty of the computer-based test.”

According to him, the scholarship programme was designed to encourage excellence and debunk the myth that the Niger Delta was the bedrock of militancy. “The NDDC is using the programme to showcase the best of the Niger Delta and this has been justified by the academic performance of previous beneficiaries,” he said.

Okejoto said that the NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, was committed to the success of the programme and had directed that the process should be completed by September 21, 2018 with the presentation of award letters to the successful candidates.

He added: “The MD is very passionate about the programme because he wants the NDDC to continue to build the capacity of graduates from the Niger Delta region.”

He said that some new programmes had been added to the scholarship scheme to help universities in the Niger Delta to engage high calibre staff. This, he said, necessitated the introduction of awards in education in addition to studies in management which was added in 2017.

In his remarks, the consultant for the scholarship programme, Mr Godson Ideozu, stressed that computer-based examination encourages transparency because “candidates get to see their scores immediately after writing the examination.”

He observed that the candidates, comprising those for Masters and Doctorate degrees, were examined primarily in their core area of study, noting that the exercise was not only fair but gave the applicants equal opportunity to compete.

Niger Delta: 2,500 Amnesty beneficiaries for training in fishing sector

In line with the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to boost the economy, the Presidential Amnesty Programme has disclosed its plans to train 2,500 beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme.

According to a statement from the Amnesty Office, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, further said 2,000 of the beneficiaries would be employed in the fishing sector at the end of the programme.

Senior Special Assistant to the President, on Niger Delta, Mr. Edobor                 Iyamu, addressing the SAD Amnesty at the meeting in Abuja

Dokubo was quoted as saying that 100 fishing trawlers would be built in Burutu, Delta State, for the training programme expected to commence soon.

 “Towards this end, 100 fishing trawlers are to be built in Burutu, Delta State, for the training programme which is expected to commence soon, at the end of which 2000 of the beneficiaries would be employed,” the statement read.

Inaugurating an implementation committee comprising five subcommittees for the project, Dokubo was quoted as saying that the training will open a vista of opportunities for beneficiaries.”

NDDC to provide more facilities for NYSC in Niger Delta         

  The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has promised to sustain its support for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, especially in the area of providing facilities in the orientation camps in the Niger Delta region.

In a statement from the commission, the NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima Ekere, was quoted as saying this during a courtesy visit by the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt.

 

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC,
Mr. Nsima Ekere , receiving a gift from the Director-General of the NYSC,
Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, during a courtesy visit at the NDDC headquarters
in Port Harcourt

He affirmed that the NYSC scheme had been very beneficial to the country, noting that it had helped to build a sense of belonging among Nigerians, as well as helped to unite the country. He added: “For someone like me, I went to the northern part of Nigeria for the first time during my service year. I am very happy that I served in Kano because some of the lessons I learnt there have helped me to live a better life today.”

Ekere called on all Nigerians to promote and support the NYSC programme, because of the role it was playing in nation building, particularly in electioneering, where most of the ad hoc staff used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct elections were youth corps members.

He noted: “This has become very helpful because before now, when INEC was using locals for elections, they come in with their individual biases. But the youth corps members, who are mostly not from the area, help in ensuring credible and fair elections.”

The NDDC boss suggested that the NYSC programme should incorporate some basic military training, stating: “I know that in some western countries, that is the system in vogue. There are basic military trainings that will help our youths to become better men by inculcating the virtues of discipline, punctuality and responsibility in them. The trainings will help the participants to grow up with some basic knowledge.”

The NYSC Director-General, Brig-Gen. Kazaure, acknowledged the “tremendous help” NDDC had rendered to the scheme in the past. He said: “We felt the need to solicit for more assistance in the provision of facilities in our orientation camps because some of the amenities in these camps have broken-down.”

Kazaure decried the poor state of facilities in the camps, calling on the NDDC to extend more assistance to the NYSC. He promised to put more corps members at the disposal of the Commission.

It would be recalled that the NDDC built a 44-chalet ultra-modern lodge for members of the NYSC serving in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. 

 

NDDC Charges Students to Join Campaign for Peace in Niger Delta

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC,  has charged students and youths to join in campaigning for peace and security in the Niger Delta region.

Giving the advice on behalf of the Managing Director, Dr Nsima Ekere, at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Executive Director Projects, Engr. (Dr) Samuel Adjogbe, urged Niger Delta students to promote peace and dialogue as the preferred options for driving development in Nigeria’s oil-rich region.

He stated that promoting awareness campaigns within the Niger delta region remained a viable tool for development agencies that need peace and security to deliver on their mandates, adding that “as an interventionist agency, we require a peaceful environment to carry out our duties.”

 

Adjogbe said that students and youths of the Niger Delta region have a crucial role to play in enthroning peace. He declared: “We don’t want protests and agitations in the Niger Delta anymore. Dialogue is the way to go. We should be talking and negotiating, rather than chasing away investors.

 

“Insecurity increases investment costs and it is based on this that the NDDC is looking at achieving a Niger Delta where investors and expatriates are confident of establishing their businesses for the overall development of the region.”

He emphasised the need to support programmes that would help to foster peace in parts of the Niger Delta, noting that the NDDC was doing its best to enhance the education of youths of the region. As part of this effort, he said that the process for the selection of the 2018 NDDC Foreign Post Graduate Scholarship programme had started. 

Earlier, the National President, Niger Delta Students Union Government, Comrade Ifon Daniel Samuel, remarked that the students’ body was ready to execute programmes that would create strong educational consciousness in the Niger Delta region.

 

He said that the Students Union Government was already planning to host a summit on peace and security in the Niger Delta. He, therefore, appealed to the NDDC to assist the NDSUG in their forthcoming convention which would incorporate discussions on critical issues affecting the region.

NDDC Resumes Post-Graduate Foreign Scholarship Programme for Niger Delta indigenes

 

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has approved the resumption of NDDC Post-Graduate Foreign scholarship to qualified indigenes of the Niger Delta region after a comprehensive restructuring of the programme.

This follows the approval by the Governing Board and Management for the commencement of the 2018 award process.

The Commission, while announcing the resumption of the scholarship scheme, conveys its regrets at the cancellation of the inconclusive 2017 award process, noting the inconveniences suffered by students who applied for the scholarship.

To provide a fresh start and a seamless process, all outstanding tuition for recipients of the scholarship has been cleared, as part of the restructuring instituted by Management, and calls for new applications from qualified candidates for the 2018 programme. (However, any student who has proof that he has not been paid should feel free to contact the Commission immediately).

Meanwhile, the advertisement for the new programme will be published in national media, as well as the Commission’s website.

Established in 2010, the NDDC post-graduate foreign scholarship is designed to produce top level professionals with technical manpower, capacity and expertise who would compete in the oil and gas industry and other sectors of the Niger Delta region.

Worth about $30,000 per annum, it is helping to build a knowledge-based economy that will meet the challenges of globalisation. It covers nine professional disciplines such as engineering, medical sciences, computer science technology, geosciences, environmental sciences, agriculture, environment/oil and gas law, as well as project management.

A total of 1,409 students have benefited from the programme, including Charles Igwe, whose unique redesign of the Turcot Interchange road, as a Ph.D student of Construction Engineering at Concordia University, Canada, helped save the Montreal Area Municipality over $1 billion, and Mr. Ubong Peters, who won a global three-minute thesis competition.

Our plan to transform education in Niger Delta – NDDC

*FG to launch Niger Delta Digital Learning Programme

*Laptop, Tabs factory proposed for region

The Federal Government in collaboration with the 9 Niger Delta states and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will launch a pilot of the Niger Delta Digital Learning programme this September.

The initiative will transform the education of primary and secondary school students in the region by replacing antiquated traditional teaching methods and textbooks with digital content delivered through tablet computers and mobile devices.

This will standardise the learning process, improve teacher’s productivity and increase student’s learning capacity. The programme will help the region to develop its human capacity in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to invest in human capital development as expressed in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

More details will be released in the coming days.

Towards a healthy Niger Delta: NDDC pledges N50m to fight malaria

The Niger Delta Development Corporation has inaugurated the Governing Board of the NDDC Professorial Chair on Malaria Elimination and Phyto-medicine Research at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) Rivers State.

This was disclosed today by the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere.

The endowment fund, which is worth N50 million, will help reduce cases of malaria through strategic control, curtailing breeding, transmission, as well as help reduce cost of treatment.

The fund will be redeemed in two instalments of N25 million per annum for an initial period of two years. Ekere said the corporation has already released the first tranche of N25 million for the Malaria Chair Research Program.

He said, “Considering the prevalence of the malaria in tropical Africa and particularly the Niger Delta region, the importance of this research fund cannot be over emphasised. A healthy Niger Delta will help the NDDC in its mandate and determination to build a wealthy region.”

#NDNewVision: Maritime University commence Lectures

Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta  State, has today commenced full academic activities for the 2017/2018 session.
It would be recalled that the take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests of the region tabled before the Federal Government.
The commencement of lectures in the University is also a fulfillment of the Buhari administration’s commitment to developing the Niger Delta region through its New Vision for the region.

#NDNewVision: Maritime University commence lectures, fulfillment of FG’s promise to region

In fulfilment of the Buhari administration’s commitment to develop the Niger Delta in line with its New Vision for the region, the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, has today commenced lectures for the 2017/2018 academic year.

A total of 196 students have so far been accepted into the University to commence their academic programmes.

The Maritime University was granted approval in January by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective from the 2017/2018 academic session.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had also listed the University in its Central Admissions Processing System in January 24, 2018, while interviews for academic staff positions were conducted between 1st and 2nd of March, 2018.

The NUC had approved that academic activities commence in three faculties namely; Transport, Engineering and Environmental Management, with a combined total of 13 departments with various specializations – from Marine Engineering, Marine Economics to Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an increase in the take-off grant allocated to the University from the N2bn earlier announced to N5bn. This sum was included in the 2018 budget presented to the National Assembly in November 2017.

Similarly, an additional N1B was approved by the President to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the University in November 2017.

Also, following the commencement of operations in 2017, the university had, in November 2017, invited job applications for academic staff with advert placement in major national dailies.

The Delta State government had also donated two 500KVA generators to the University.

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with leaders of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in November 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, was delegated to undertake a tour of the oil producing communities in 2017; and the take-off of the Maritime University was one of the major requests tabled before the Federal Government.

NIGER DELTA MINISTRY GRADUATES 90 MORE WOMEN, YOUTHS WITH N500,000 EACH

In keeping with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs’ commitment to continue its training and empowerment programme for the youths and women in the Niger Delta region towards reducing unemployment and youth restiveness, an additional 90 youths and women of the region have again been trained and empowered with N500,000 start-up package amidst cheers, in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital recently.

According to the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, represented by a Deputy Director in the Ministry, Mr. Philip Ndiomu, the 90 graduands drawn from the various States in the region were trained in Fishery and Poultry productions so that they could contribute to the food security of the region and Nigeria in general.

It would be recalled that the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola had during the graduation of 180 Bakassi returnees in Calabar fourth night ago promised that the training and empowerment programme was a continuous exercise, adding that “Those who have been agitating for inclusion should be reassured that they have been heard and therefore will be considered in subsequent batches to be self-employed and self-dependent.”

The Minister said this recent exercise was part of the fulfilments of that promise. Pastor Usani added that the package given to the beneficiaries was “Teaching you how to fish rather than just giving fish to you.”

He charged them to establish themselves so that they too could contribute towards the training of other Niger Deltans for the enhancement of their value, thereby making them more produtive members of the society.

Pastor Usani reiterated that the Federal Government would be glad to seeing the trainees as partners and consultants with capacity to deliver as change agents in the nearest future.

The graduands expressed gratitude to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, pledging their unalloyed support for Mr President and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, stressing that they have received all it took to transform their lives and other people around them.