Flag off training programme with 500 Niger Delta youths
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Managing Director/ Chief Executive officer of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Obong Nsima Ekere yesterday said it was painful to note that restiveness and other vices being perpetrated by some youths compelled investors to relocate from the region.
Obong Ekere who spoke at the NDDC training centre at Ada-George, in Rumueme, Obio/Akpor Local government area of Rivers State said restiveness was worsening the economic potentials of the youth and general wellbeing of the people of the Niger Delta.
The NDDC boss who was represented by the NDDC Director, Youth Culture and Women Affairs Prince Alazigha, during the flag- off of training programme, said one of the critical thrusts of the present administration is to galvanise the youths of the region towards a productive future.
He said the board will continue to commend the astute desire of President Mohammadu Buhari for his generosity in funding the NDDC to empower the people of the region and spread prosperity.
The first face of the programme started with 500 Niger Delta Youths, in collaboration with Destiny Lottery Limited, a consultant company with NDDC.
Addressing the participants, Ekere said youths are facing the most hardship and lacks of sense of belonging within the society.
He said the same youth constitute a majority of the population in the Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria in general but are constrained with opportunities for prosperity.
He noted that the unfriendly atmosphere and circumstances that the youths of Niger Delta are exposed is as a result of limited opportunities for education and training, viable employment opportunities, health and social services.
He said: “The above factors are stifling the chances of the Niger Delta quest for achieving the status of an advanced and developed region. Our aim is therefore to nurture rear and develop our youths into a productive generation.
“This gesture will not only empower the youth but will also help to enhance rapid development of our dear region. Generally, youths remain one of the greatest assets for any society. Youth are the greatest investment to foster sustainable development of any nation.
“It is however painful to note that restiveness and other vices being perpetrated by some youth compelled investors to relocate from the region thereby worsening the economic potentials of the youth and general wellbeing of the people of the Niger Delta.”