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L-R: The Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Kiara Academy, Mr Endi Ezengwa, Special Adviser on Youths to NDDC Interim Administrator, Engr. Udengs Eradiri, and the NDDC Deputy Director Commercial and Industrial Development, Sir Daniel Ajunwa, during an inspection at the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company in Nnewi, Anambra State

NDDC to Train Niger Delta Youths at Innoson Motors

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, says it will soon commence the training of Niger Delta youths at the Innoson Kiara Academy, a Technical and Vocational Institution, affiliated to the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, as part of its skills acquisition programme.

The NDDC Interim Administrator, Mr Efiong Akwa, represented by his Special Adviser on Youths, Engr. Udengs Eradiri, said this after inspecting the facilities at the Innoson factory in Nnewi, Anambra State. He was accompanied by the NDDC Deputy Director Commercial and Industrial Development, Sir Daniel Ajunwa.

The statement by the Commission noted that the NDDC already had a partnership with the motor manufacturing company for the training of youths in different aspects of automobile maintenance, stating that the visit to the factory was to firm up the partnership.

According to Akwa, “There are lots of skills that our young ones can get from this facility. They can be trained in fabrication, assembly, painting and corrosion control, among others. We think that because of the growing economy of the Niger Delta and Nigeria, it is important that we begin to grow our own skills to be better able to manage our economy.”

The NDDC Chief Executive Officer observed that the Presidential Amnesty Programme had trained several Niger Delta youths in the facility and they came out with valuable skills. He stressed: “We want to continue with that kind of development and get to a situation where we will have a plant in the Niger Delta that will also be manufacturing vehicles. We will take the partnership to a point where a replica of the Innoson factory will be set up in the Niger Delta region.

“We are aware that the training facility here teaches skills, attitude and entrepreneurship. We know that if you learn a skill, you should be able to translate that into financial gains.”

The Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Kiara Academy, Mr Endi Ezengwa, thanked the NDDC for considering the facilities at Innoson Motors for the training of Niger Delta youths, stating that he looked forward to seeing the partnership come into effect.

According to him, “the skills from our factory is what we want to transfer to our young ones, so that apart from maintenance of vehicles, they can also manufacture vehicles to some degree. For instance, they can manufacture engine bolts, tools for agriculture and generally imbibe the concept of manufacturing.”

Ezengwa said that many of our youths had too much energy that needed to be properly harnessed and channeled into constructive use, such as in fixing vehicles and contributing to the industrialisation of the Niger Delta region.

He assured that the Innoson Group would in due course set up workshops in the Niger Delta region in collaboration with organisations like the NDDC.

In his own remarks, the NDDC Deputy Director Commercial and Industrial Development, Sir Ajunwa, said that the training partnership would be rewarding if the benefitting youths would be sufficiently empowered to set up on their own after the training.

He said that NDDC placed a lot of premium on industrial development and human capacity building and assured that the youths to be selected for the training would be spread across the nine Niger Delta states.

Our Next Target is Job Creation for Niger Deltans – Dokubo

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has said that creation of job opportunities for Niger Deltans that have been trained under the Presidential Amnesty Programme, will be vigorously pursued this year.

According to a Vanguard report, Dokubo who is also Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), stated this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja.

Dokubo categorically stated that priority would be given to creating jobs for the people of the Niger Delta to ease their burden and ensure that marginalization in the region becomes a thing of the past.

His statement, “Job placement is the next stage of my plan for this year and I believe that if we can achieve that, we are going to do well. The people of the Niger Delta will not cry their old cries again that they have been marginalized.”

“The amount of money government has spent on this programme is a lot and I know that if we judiciously expend it, most people from Niger Delta will benefit immensely. I want this programme to be a success, if not, our children yet unborn will keep asking us what we have done for them if we say we have fought for Niger Delta.

“This tale about being deprived should not be something we should keep saying. We have been given access. No part of Nigeria has more agencies than the Niger Delta. Now that we have these things, I implore the people of Niger Delta to know that the sky is their beginning if they will work when they are given a job” He said.

Collaboration will fast-track development in Ondo coastal areas, says NDDC

Community leaders and stakeholders across coastal communities of Ondo State have been urged to appeal to youths in the area to give room to development by embracing peace.

This was stated by the commissioner on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who made the call in Igbokoda headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area of the state. He noted that community thrives in a peaceful atmosphere, according to the Tribune.

Speaking at the NDDC stakeholders meeting recently on peace building and community engagement in the Niger Delta region of the state, Aiyedatiwa said the goal of the commission in the area could not be realized unless the youths and other stakeholders cooperate with the commission.

The commissioner stressed the need for the collaboration or engagement among the NDDC, stakeholders and communities, in order to implement and deliver projects and programmes in coastal communities.

He noted that the NDDC was ready to empower the people of Ilaje and Ese- Odo local government area, however spoke on the need for a friendly environment and peaceful coexistence.

He, however, pointed that “despite the presence of NDDC in the region, as indicated by these various projects and programmes, community agitation, restiveness, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism has not ceased, but they are rather on the rise.

“The reason for this is not far- fetched. The people are asking for more and NDDC is very slow in delivering on projects and programmes”, He said.

Aiyedatiwa further said that despite challenges confronting the commission in the area, “NDDC has provided employment for indigenes of Ilaje and Ese Odo and Ese Odo, and other parts of the state.

Road construction, rehabilitation, jetties, walkways, waterways, electricity, health programmes and scholarship are various projects and programmes by NDDC in Ondo State. These are indications of the execution of its mandate in the region, “he said.