The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) may have kick-started its scheme to groom 9000 youths in employment generation.
The Commission says it has started with training of 185 collation officers across the nine states of the Niger Delta region to create awareness in the rural communities for its youth development scheme.
The scheme is tagged: ‘Holistic Opportunity Projects of Engagement (HOPE).’
Addressing newsmen on the progress made on the youth empowerment scheme at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Commission’s Director, Agriculture and Fisheries, Winifred Madume, said that another batch of 185 supervisors were being trained for the programme.
She said that over one hundred thousand youths of the Niger Delta region have so far registered in the first phase of the HOPE project, noting that the second phase would focus on engaging the youths for training in various industrial skills.
Madume explained that the empowerment programme was designed to create a comprehensive database of the youth population of the Niger Delta to determine their needs, qualifications, skills, passion, interests, and employment status. Such data, she said, would provide a parameter for youth employment generation, empowerment, and capacity development in the region.
She assured that the NDDC would everything necessary, including providing logistic support, to ensure the success of the programme and urged young people in the Niger Delta region to take advantage of the HOPE initiative.
Giving more updates on the programme, the NDDC Director, Commercial and Industrial Development, Godwin Nosiri, said that the scheme would address youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region by building a solid base for sustainable peace.
He remarked that the scheme was meant to empower the youths with legitimate livelihood means, in line with their educational qualifications, and skills, among others with the view to giving them opportunities to attain economic independence.
Nosiri affirmed that Project HOPE would create 1,000 jobs in each state of the Niger Delta region by securing sustainable international and local partnerships for the establishment of agriculture-based industries, training opportunities and overall youth engagement, which would be supported by community, government and corporate partnerships in land acquisition for the project.
The Resource Person for Project HOPE, Blessing Fubara, stated that the empowerment programme would focus on commercial agriculture, Information and Communication Technology, ICT, Music and Arts Projects, to encourage the creative industry, among others.