1 November 2011
Forty youths drawn from the Niger Delta region have completed a nine-month skills acquisition scheme in oil and gas in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom.
The Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Kuchi, said at the graduation ceremony in Ibeno on Tuesday that the Federal Government was determined to address the development challenges of the region, including youth restiveness.
She said the skill acquisition programme was part of government
's youth empowerment policy initiatives to positively engage the non-militant youth of the Niger Delta.
Kuchi, represented by Mr Shola Oshotimehin, the Deputy Director,
and Youth Development in the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, said the programme was aimed at making the beneficiaries self-employed and employers of labour. Capacity Building