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MDA's adopt measures to check spread of Covid-19

Ministries, Department, Agencies and Extra -Ministerial Department with offices in the Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase 1, Abuja, have agreed on the need to adopt measures that would help check the spread of Covid-19 among staff reporting for duties.

The meeting which was called at the instance of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) Mr. Olusade Adesola was held at the Ministry's conference room, Federal Secretariat on Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 in Abuja.

According to Mr. Olusade Adesola, the meeting is geared towards heightening the safety measures in the Secretariat Complex and ensuring that the risk of the infection is seriously minimized among staff that are still expected to report for work at the complex.

The Permanent Secretary noted that the first major step was to limit access to the complex through the various access gates that have been identified.

He also explained that the seven access gates that have been identified would be reduced to at least five.

The Deputy Director/Head of Federal Medical Centre in the complex, Dr. Isaac Agbor and other MDA's/agencies representatives present at the meeting agreed that, there was need to limit access entry to the complex.

They deliberated on the essence of providing Infra-Red Thermometer, Sanitizers, Hand gloves, as well as station one Medical Personnel each at the various entrances and ensure that the Elevators and floors were regularly cleaned with disinfectants.

They alluded to the need to set up Monitoring Committee that will ensure that the needful is done.

Patricia Deworitshe Director
(P & PR)
March 25, 2020.

MNDA Beneficiaries of Apiculture training to get Start-Up Capital – Akpabio

The Minister of Niger – Delta Affairs (MNDA) Sen. Godswill Akpabio CON, has disclosed that beneficiaries of the Training and Empowerment Programme for women and Youths from Niger-Delta Region on Apiculture would get startup capitals to enable them establish enterprise in line with their training.

The Hon. Minister who was represented by the Deputy Director Training and Empowerment Department Eng. Philip Ndiomu disclosed this during the closing ceremony of the empowerment programme on Apiculture in Uyo Akwa Ibom State.

Sen. Akpabio said that the empowerment initiative put together by MNDA in conjunction with the training consultant, Excess Power NIG. Ltd. Is aimed at diversifying the economy from dependence on crude oil, enhancement of Food Security and generation of employment opportunities for the people of the Niger – Delta Region in line with the present administrations framework on economic development.

According to the Hon. Minister, the programme is structured into two major components. The training component is to provide economic skills, while the empowerment programme is to provide each beneficiary with a startup capital to enable them establish Micro and Small Businesses that would benefit the trainees and generate other economic activities.

Explaining further, Sen. Akpabio noted that, “the Ministry is actively involved in other empowerment programmes such as the distribution of Tricycles and Motorcycles to entrepreneurs and farmers to ease the transportation of goods and services, provision of sewing Machines and other accessories for fashion designers. It is also giving fishing gears (Lines, nets, hooks, sinkers etc.) Fishing Crafts (boats, canoes with outboard engines) as part of the agriculture mechanization improvement support programme for communities”.

“It has also established cassava and oil palm processing plants and embarked on other agricultural mechanization process to promote agro-processing activities. In addition, the Ministry is equipping ICT Centers and Schools for education and Capacity building on leadership management. Hospitals are also being equipped to improve healthcare services and social outreaches have been set up for continuous sensitization to improve Peace and Security and livelihoods generally in the Niger Delta Region” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, representative of Excess Power Nig. Ltd. and coordinator of the programme Mr. Dickson Dickson explained that Apiculture involves Bee keeping and farming for health and economic benefits. He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister Obong Godswill Akpabio for this thoughtful and laudable initiative for the people of the region, noting that it will go a long way in reducing vices and promoting peace within the region. He enjoined the participants to put the acquired skills and resources to best use and ensure that the programme does not start and end with them.

Highlights of the training for Youths and Women which lasted for one week from 16th - 20th March, 2020 witnessed the presentation of certificates of participation to the thirty-nine (39) trainees who were selected across the Niger Delta Region.

Deworitshe Patricia, 
D (Information),
23rd March, 2020.

Federal Government Trains 238 Youths and Women in Vocational Skills

Federal Government has trained and empowered another batch of 129 Youths and Women on different Vocational Skills in Commercial fish farming, Poultry and Tilling & Landscaping Technology to curtail the rate of unemployment, youth’s restiveness and other vices in the Niger Delta region.

The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, who was represented by the Director, Community Development and Education Department (CDE), Mrs. Lauren Braide, disclosed this at the Closing Ceremony of the Training and Empowerment programme held in Ibadan Polytechnic in Oyo State at the weekend.

The programme according to the Director, is aimed at 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 noted that participants were not only provided with skills but also knowledge in entrepreneurship that would impact on their abilities to explore the larger financial system that would transform their businesses into successful enterprises.

Mrs. Braide said that the Ministry would monitor the progress of the beneficiaries periodically to provide guidance and mentorship, 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.

Speaking further, she said in a bid to support agro-processing activities and Community Development and Education, the Ministry has 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 ".

In his opening remarks, the Director Economic Empowerment Department (EED), Mr. Ibrahim Akanya, said the objective of the empowerment programme is to expand the efforts of Mr. President to promote the socio economic development of the Niger Delta region and ensure that no one is 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.

In his remarks, 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.

Deworitshe Patricia,
D (Press & Public Relations),
March 23, 2020.

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