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.