The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has concluded plans to empower over 5,000 beneficiaries drawn from the nine Niger Delta States through skills acquisition programmes.
NDDC Managing Director of the Commission, Mr Nsima Ekere, made this known at the launch of the sixth edition of Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) in Owerri on Wednesday.
The initiative was founded by the wife of the Minister of Transport, Mrs Judith Amaechi.
Ekere, represented by the Executive Director, Projects, NDDC, Mr Samuel Adjogbe, said the idea was to ensure that youths and women of the oil rich region enjoyed sustainable lifestyles.
He said the programme was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to NDDC management to speedily end endemic poverty, unemployment and youth restiveness in the nine states that make up the Niger Delta.
Ekere said it would ensure that perpetual poverty, unemployment and youth restiveness did not continue to impinge on the development of the region.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed NDDC to ensure that over 5,000 youths and women in the Niger Delta area are massively empowered and trained in sustainable skills for them to be gainfully employed.
“In line with the presidential order, we are beginning with the training of 5,000 people in POP ceiling, tiling, electric wiring and other entrepreneurial skills in a bid to develop home grown artisans,” he said.
In her welcome address, the ESI founder, Mrs Amaechi, said her pet project, which had empowered over 3,000 people across the Niger Delta States, was determined to help the NDDC and other development partners to eradicate poverty in the region.