The Federal Government’s commitment to curtailing the high rate of joblessness and youth restiveness in the country, through youth and women empowerment, continued with the recent training and empowerment of another group of 129 Youths and Women on multiple Occupational Skills in Commercial fish farming, Poultry and Tilling & Landscaping Technology.
At the grand finale at Ibadan Polytechnic, Oyo State, the Hon Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who was represented by the Director, Community Development and Education Department (CDE), Mrs. Lauren Braide, reiterated the determination of the present administration to bettering the lot of the youths and women of the Niger Delta Region.
According to the CDE Director, the programme was geared towards encouraging the growth and development of micro and small businesses such as provision of farming tillers to support agricultural mechanization, ease the drudgery associated with land preparation for farming and provision of fishing gears (nets, hooks, lines, sinkers) amongst others.
She pointed out that participants were empowered with both the skills and the requisite entrepreneurial knowledge that would positively impact on their abilities to explore the larger financial system that would transform their businesses into successful enterprises.
The Director said that the Ministry would continue to monitor the progress of the beneficiaries periodically to provide guidance and mentorship where needed, adding that the Ministry would in due course identify entrepreneur champions from the participants, to celebrate their successes with the view to showcasing the abundant potentials that abound in the Niger Delta region.
Furthermore, she said that in a bid to support agro-processing activities and Community Development and Education, the Ministry had established a number of cassava and palm processing plants in the Niger Delta region.
In her words,” if you have come from any of the benefiting communities, seize the opportunity provided to promote cluster farming in those enterprises “.
Speaking earlier, the Director Economic Empowerment Department (EED), Mr. Ibrahim Akanya, said that the goal of the programme was to expand the efforts of Mr. President to promote the socio economic development of the Niger Delta region and ensure that no section of the country was left behind, explaining that the selection process is done based on merit. He advised the participants to make good use of their capital to establish themselves in businesses they were trained instead of wasting it on frivolous things.
The Consultant Dr. Ben Onoriode Irikefe, commended the Hon. Ministers, Permanent Secretary and the Federal Government for giving them the opportunity to contribute their quota to the social economic development of the region.
In a related development, the Ministry in collaboration with the Consultant of Siegeners Sabithos, Dr. Tunde Anifowose Kelani has also trained another batch of 109 participants in Oil & Gas, Mobile Phone Assemblage & Maintenance, Fishery and Poultry in the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
He thanked the Federal government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammed Buhari, for approving the life changing opportunity for Nigerians noting that it has placed premium on human capacity for development and entrepreneurship.
Speaking on behalf on the beneficiaries, the outstanding graduand of the empowerment programme / Class Representative on Poultry, Miss Olufunmi Olashinde, commended the Ministry for its life changing programme and promised that beneficiaries will judiciously put the stipend given to great use.