Ministry Trains, Empowers another Batch of Niger Deltans

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has trained and empowered another batch of 62 Niger Delta youths and women in soap making and confectionery.

Each participant was given the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000.00) as starter pack for the commencement of his/her enterprise.

The graduation ceremony of the two weeks training and empowerment programme took place today in Awka, Anambra State.

While addressing the trainees at the closing ceremony, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor, Dr. Usani Uguru Usani told the participants that the essence of the training was "teaching you how to fish rather than just giving you fish to eat".

The Minister, represented by Mr. Philip Ndiomu, Deputy Director Economic Empowerment in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, advised the trainees to become change agents in the development of the Niger Delta region in particular and the country in general. Pastor Usani advised the beneficiaries to "start small and grow."

The Minister assured that more Niger Deltans would be trained through similar training and empowerment programme from time to time.

One of the training consultant Mr. Nonso Obi commended the trainees for their commitment and seriousness during the training. He advised that they make the best use of the knowledge imparted on them. Mr. Obi thanked the Ministry for giving his company the opportunity to participate in the training programme.

One of the trainees, Ufuoma Okoro thanked the Federal Government and the Consultants for the training and empowerment programme.

Miss Okoro said that the training programme was educative. She said that the participants would pass the acquired Skills to other Youths of the Niger Delta region for meaningful engagements to reduce drug abuse, vandalisation of oil and gas pipelines and other vices.

It could be recalled that last month the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs trained and empowered 335 Niger Delta Youths and Women on Poultry, Fishery, Confectionery, Tiling and Landscaping at Ibadan Oyo State, Benin City, Edo State, and Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Other traning and empowerment programmes of the Ministry are going on in the Niger Delta region.

Stephen Kilebi, 
Deputy Director, 
Press and Public Relations, 
3rd May, 2019.

Bakassi returnees, Odukpani Women, Youths get Empowerment Packages

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in pursuant of the Federal Government policy on youth employment and income generation has put together a training and empowerment programme to forestall restiveness and create jobs in the Niger Delta Region.

The event took place in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State where 58 women and youths of the Bakassi and Odukpani Local Government Areas of Cross River State, were trained in fishery and poultry.

In his address, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, who was represented by the Director of Economic Empowerment, Mr. Ibrahim Akanya said the programme was put together to support the youths and women who are in need of empowerment. He tasked them on the utilization of the empowerment package they got and said they should count themselves lucky to be selected for the programme. The programme which he said has been on for the past 5 - 6 years had some sad experiences of some trainees who lavished the money given to them and urged them to establish businesses which they had been trained on in the areas of fishery, poultry and other value chain of production like marketing.

The Minister urged them not to depend on the little sum given to them which he called stipend but rather depend on the skills they had acquired, which he said was most important and will remain with them for life if they develop the skills further and move to a very high level.

Utilizing the skills acquired was key, he emphasized and pointed out that some trainees who in the past were serious and developed themselves are now consultants and engaged as resource persons in some of the Ministry’s empowerment programmes.

He implored them to be careful in the utilization of both the knowledge and the stipend given to them.

The trainees expressed joy and happiness over the training programme organized by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, and thanked the government for putting up such for the benefit of the youths of the country.

Speaking on the knowledge and the stipend, one of the participants, Elder Edet Okon said they would put into practice what they had acquired, touch lives also and make good use of the resources given to them. But he appealed to the Ministry that the empowerment programme should not stop but continue as it will help the youths more. He advised that the starter pack be reviewed upward in subsequent training programmes.

Each trainee was given the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000.00) as starter pack. The duration of the training programme was two weeks.

Stephen Kilebi, 
Deputy Director, 
Press & Public Relations, 
30th April, 2019.

Federal Government Doles out N100.5m starter packs to Niger Delta Trainees

The Federal Government has empowered 335 women and youths of the Niger Delta region with N100.5 Million starter packs, as part of government's efforts to address the problem of unemployment in the region.

The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of the participants held at Benin City, Edo State on Friday.

'The training programme covered Poultry, Fishery, Confectionery, Tiling and Landscaping', he said. Each trainee received the sum of N300,000 as starter pack.

The graduation ceremonies took place simultaneously this weekend at Ibadan, Oyo State, Benin City, Edo State, while the graduation ceremony at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State comes up on Monday, April 29, 2019.

Usani who was represented by the Deputy Director, Economic Empowerment Department in the Ministry, Mr. Philip Ndiomu said that the skills acquisition programme no doubt has paid off, as women and youths have been economically empowered, thereby bringing the much needed peace, stability, socio- economic and infrastructural development to the region, as well as complementing President Muhammadu Buhari administration's efforts towards addressing the unemployment and poverty in the country.

He, therefore commended the facilitators of the training programmes for hosting the participants in the last two weeks and impacting knowledge that would change the socio-economic transformation of the trainees and for contributing to the human capital development agenda of the federal government of Nigeria.

The Minister also commended the participants for their perseverance and peaceful conduct throughout their stay at the training locations, urging them to take advantage of the knowledge and showcase the skills acquired to become self-reliant. He presented certificates to the trainees, stating that Federal Government has given them the starter pack as a means of empowerment to enable them take off.

Earlier, the Director Community Development and Education in the Ministry, Mrs. Lauren Braide, represented by the Assistant Director Community Development and Education, Mr. Goodluck Oyinvwe, advised the participants to put the knowledge acquired with their starter packs into use, to become self-employed and employers of labour.

One of the trainning facilitators and representative of Reg. Morrison Ltd, Miss Esther Njoku commended the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, for giving them a rare opportunity to empower and contribute to the success story of the participants.

One of the beneficiaries, Mary Etaba commended the federal government for the training and empowerment programme, stressing that it was not only for money but the knowledge acquired added value to their lives.

She also expressed her gratitude to the staff and management of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, for the laudable initiative.

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director
Press and Public Relations
27th April, 2019

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