Over 2,200 youths in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria have been empowered in various skills. This revelation was made recently by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve Oru, NaijaAgroNet
He stated that under the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration non-militant youths in the region have acquired various skills."Mr. President has been so passionate about the people in the Niger Delta region. It is on the strength of his transformation initiative that the ministry has made progress so far."
Dr. Oru said the youths were trained in oil and gas, agriculture, maritime, seafarers, engineering, information and communications technology (ICT) as well as iPad and telephone assembly, adding that the trainees were all drawn from the nine states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo, and Rivers.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and monitored by NaijaAgroNet, Oru explained that the training and empowerment programmes for youths in the region was a continuous exercise.
NaijaAgroNet also gathered that the ministry's skills acquisition centres in the nine oil producing states of the Niger Delta region were near completion even though fund is a major challenge but that efforts were being made to bring all the centres on stream.
"The centre in Akwa Ibom and Delta states would concentrate on oil and gas, ICT and maritime studies.The centres in Abia and Imo will train youths in commerce, the one in Cross River is on entertainment and tourism while the Ondo skills acquisition centre will focus on agriculture.