- Ninety youths have received N500,000 each to start-up their various business across the Niger Delta region
- The youths were drawn from Akwa Ibom, Abia, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Imo, Rivers and Ondo states
- They were trained in various capacity building programmes including fishery and poultry
Some youths in Niger Delta have received N500,000 each as start up for their individual businesses across the region.
Daily Trust reports that the money was given to 90 youths from the regions at the end of a capacity building and empowerment in agriculture and other value chain programme for women and youths.
It was gathered that the programme which was organised by the Ministry of Niger Delta affairs will enable the youths acquire skills that will earn them lifetime livelihood.
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The minister of Niger Delta affairs, Usani Usani, speaking during the distribution of the money urged the beneficiaries to to invest the funds released to them.
Usani represented by Ediomu Philip, a deputy director in the ministry said: “The ministry is aware that training without support is an effort in futility. Thus the provision of N500,000 to each participant to start their businesses. You are advised to utilise the empowerment package to set up enterprises that will stand the test of time, improve your lives and that of your families.
"Therefore, my challenge to you is to practice what you learnt, contribute to the food security of the region and the country at large, build capacity in your community through backward integration and run profitable enterprises. Remember the slogan, ‘Start small and grow'.
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"This training and empowerment programme is a continuous exercise. Those who have been agitating for inclusion should be reminded that their voices have been heard. They will be considered in the subsequent batches until every Niger Deltan becomes empowered, self-reliant, self-sustaining and self-dependent.”
The 90 graduands from the empowerment programme were drawn from Akwa Ibom, Abia, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Imo, Rivers and Ondo states. They were trained in capacity building, fishery and poultry.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, had empowered youths in the state. The governor was said to have made donations of wheelbarrows to the youth in Benue state for farming.
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The governor said the wheelbarrow will ease the stress faced by the youth and farmers in the state in carrying the produce from the farms to the markets.
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