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Community Development and Education

The Department of Community Development &Education (CDE) is charged with the responsibilities of handling Community Relations, Youth Development, Education and Human Capacity Development, Community Enlightenment, Peace Building, Health and Social Services.

Its focus is to improve the quality of life by accelerating socio-economic development in the Region. The Department is made up of 53 nos. of staff led by a Director.

Structure

  • The CDE Department has three Divisions namely:
  • Community Relations and Community Enlightenment;Capacity Building and Youth Development and Peace Building; and
  • Health and Social Services.

Functions of the Department of CDE

 The functions of the CDE Department are as follows:

  • Implementation of programmes and projects for improving
    community relations; such as peace building/mediation between feuding communities;
  • Compilation of compendium of Civil Societies operating in the Region to facilitate private sector involvement in the development of the Region;
  • Compilation of compendium/map of communities in Niger Delta as a working and reference document for development;
  • Sensitization and re-orientation of the Niger Delta youths and women on citizenship rights, responsibilities and peace as necessary tools for development;
  • Facilitating the training and skills acquisition for youths in the communities for self-employment and reliance;
  • Monitoring the implementation of Skills Acquisition Programmes to ensure high standards;
  • Developing curricula and syllabi for Skills Acquisition Centres in collaboration with other relevant agencies of government; and
  • Collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health and its relevant Agencies in the provision of medical facilities and implementation of health programs and
  • projects in the Niger Delta Region.

 

Activities/Achievements of the Department

 

Creating Database for the Nine (9) Niger Delta States

 

The Department successfully completed Baseline and Needs Assessment Surveys which assisted the Ministry to determine areas of intervention and plan for the needs of the Communities. Baseline Surveys were conducted in the following:

 

                     (i)         Communities in the Region;

 

                    (ii)        Educational Institutions/Health facilities;

 

                   (iii)       Social Recreational Centres in the Niger Delta;

 

                   (iv)       Literacy level of the people of the Region;

 

                    (v)        Non-Governmental Organizations in the Niger Delta; and

 

                   (vi)       Culture and Values of the People of Niger Delta.

 

Needs Assessment Surveys on:

 

                     (i)         Tools and Equipment in all Educational and Recreational Facilities;

 

                    (ii)        Tools, Equipment and Personnel requirements in all Health facilities; and

 

                   (iii)       Skills requirement for Youths/Women.

 

Development of Concept Documents and Training Manuals for Skills Acquisition Programmes in 9 sectors of the economy. These are Agriculture, Maritime, Oil & Gas, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Artisanship, Construction, Soft Skills, Public Relations, Tourism and Entertainment.

 

Community Sensitization and Enlightenment:

 

 In order to fast-track peace and development in the Niger Delta Region, the Ministry
held Zonal Town Hall Meetings in 9 States of the Niger Delta. The meeting also served to educate the communities and youths in particular on the activities of the Ministry and the need for peace.

 

Youth/Women Empowerment Training

 

The Department successfully trained a total of Seven Hundred and One (701) youths and women in the three key sectors in 2010 and 2011 respectively:-

 

                           (i)         Oil & Gas           341;

 

                          (ii)        Maritime                       270; and

 

                         (iii)       Agriculture       90.

 

The Skills Acquisition training is also expected to lead to the following:

 

                           (i)         Job creation;

 

                          (ii)        Income generation;

 

                         (iii)       Reduction in crime and youth restiveness;

 

                         (iv)       Reduction in rural urban drift;

 

                          (v)        Self-sufficiency in food production by participating farmers; and

 

                         (vi)       Easier access to credit facilities.

 

Civil Societies Co-ordination

 

A survey of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) by Ward and Local Government operating in each State of the Niger Delta was also carried out. It enabled the Ministry to plan for the empowerment of viable NGOs, improve communication between the NGOs, the Communities and the Ministry and also helped to drive empowerment programmes in health, education, and social services. 

 

On-Going Activities

 

The Department currently has 3 major ongoing activities namely:

 

(a)   iTrens - Identify Train and Engage Scheme; (Training of 500 youths in the assembly of smart phone and Tablet PC);

 

(b)  Agricultural Youth/Women Empowerment Programme in the following areas:-

 

                                             (i)         Crop production and machinery;

 

                                            (ii)        Food preservation;

 

                                           (iii)       Aquaculture;

 

                                           (iv)       Livestock - Piggeries, Poultry;

 

                                            (v)        Basic finance and small business structure;

 

                                           (vi)       Train the trainer capabilities and knowledge transfer methods; and

 

                                          (vii)      Leadership and capacity building.

 

(c)   Curriculum Development for the Skills Acquisition Centres.

 

(d)  Sea Time experience for Maritime Trainees.

 

iTrens – Identify Train and Engage Scheme for 500 youths of the Niger Delta Region

The Scheme focuses on the identification and selection of youths interested in taking up career in the ICT sector on the basic processes of assembling tablet computers and mobile phones. On completion of this training, trainees who demonstrate proficiency are engaged and employed by the company and will from then participate in advanced on-the-job-training programmes at no cost to the Ministry. At the moment, 50 participants have been engaged by the Company.

Agricultural Youth/Women Empowerment 

(a)       In 2011, 90 youths from the 9 States of the Niger Delta Region took part in a special four (4) weeks training programme in Agriculture in Israel and Porto Novo, Benin Republic. The training was designed to make the beneficiaries view farming as a viable business rather than a mere means of subsistence. To that extent the course content was crafted to include both farming (Agriculture) and business sections. The areas of specialization included:

                     (i)         Crop production and machinery;

                    (ii)        Food preservation;

                   (iii)       Aquaculture;

                   (iv)       Livestock – Piggeries, Poultry;

                    (v)        Basic finance and small business structure;

                   (vi)       Train the trainer capabilities and knowledge transfer methods; and

                  (vii)      Leadership and capacity building.

Empowerment of Trainees of the 1st Phase of the Skills Acquisition Programme.

The beneficiaries on return were given laptops as well as a token amount of money as start-up capital. The Ministry is in talks with the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) to provide soft loans for the beneficiaries.

Owing to the challenges experienced in getting some of the trainees employed after completion, the Ministry reviewed its programmes in 2013 and shifted its focus from providing only training to obtaining assurances from the trainers for their employment after graduation.

The Phase II of the programme was therefore geared towards the realization of the Ministry’s new focus. 132 youths have been trained in Israel and on return will undertake to train 20 others in Nigeria under the supervision of the Israeli Agricultural Experts for a period of one year. This exercise will simultaneously take place in the 9 States of the Niger Delta Region. At the end of the Train-the-Trainers Programme, a total of 2,640 skilled community farmers are expected to be trained across the Region. At the end of their training, participants would be given micro-credit loans by the Bank of Agriculture.

The programme is expected to lead to the following:

                     (i)         Job creation;

                    (ii)        Income generation;

                   (iii)       Reduction in crime and youth restiveness;

                   (iv)       Reduction in rural urban drift;

                    (v)        Self-sufficiency in food production by participating farmers; and

                   (vi)       Easier access to credit facilities.

Curriculum Development for the Skills Acquisition Centres in the Niger Delta Region

(i)         The construction of Skills Acquisition Centres in the Nine (9) Niger Delta States was designed to accomplish training in specialized skills as follows:

S/N

STATE

LOCATION

ACTIVITIES

1.

Abia

Owazza, Ukwa West LGA

Commerce

2.

Akwa Ibom

Iwuachang Ibeno LGA

Oil &Gas

3.

Bayelsa

Otuoke Ogbia LGA

Oil &Gas

4.

Cross River

Ikot Nakanda Akpabuyo LGA

Tourism &Entertainment

5.

Delta

Tuomo, Burutu LGA

Oil &Gas

6.

Edo

Iguelaba, Orhionmwon LGA

Dredging &Marine Studies

7.

Imo

Egbema Ohaji-Egbema LGA

Commerce

8.

Ondo

Agadagba-obom, Ese-odo LGA

Agriculture

9.

Rivers

Elele, Ikwerre LGA

Oil &Gas

Now that some of the centres are completed and others nearing completion, the Ministry is developing a curriculum in collaboration with the Canadian Board for Vocational Education for the benefit of youths and “older youths.” The curriculum is aimed at providing training in specific fields or industry relevant to the job market rather than focusing on academic education. The overall aim is to build capacity that will access existing standards of global knowledge that can be adapted for local use.

Marine Training

A company, Messrs Joemarine Institute was appointed as consultant for the training/skill Acquisition in Maritime for 270 non-militant youths in the Region. The Ministry also held an interactive session with representatives of the Maritime study graduates from the Joemarine Institute of Nautical Studies & Research, Warri on the need for them to acquire the underlisted additional certifications to make them employable:

                        (i)         Discharge book Certificate;

                       (ii)        Watch Keeping Certificate;

                      (iii)       Certificate of Competency;

                      (iv)       Medical Certificate; and

                       (v)        International Passport.

Based on the approval of the Honourable Minister and following due process, the Consultant has provided all but one of the additional certifications. 211 non-militant youths that were trained in maritime and had acquired the above mentioned certificate are yet to have placement for on-board experience that will enable them sit for the Watch keeping Certificate. The Department liaised with NIMASA on the matter and were advised to consider only youths that were 30 years old and below for on-board Sea Time experience for at least 6 months, after which they could take the Watch-keep Certificate examinations. This then qualifies them to be fit for employment on any ship internationally. At the moment 60 trainees are qualified for the Sea Time experience. 30 of them have commenced the Sea Time training but met with challenges which forced them to be disembarked. They will resume the training as soon as these challenges are resolved.

Oil and Gas

The Institute of Nautical Studies and Research/Petbru (Messrs Jeomarine) was awarded a contract to train 341 youths in Oil and Gas. Twenty (20) of these youths have successfully completed their training in dredging. The training equipped the youths with the necessary skills to meet the demand of the emerging market in the Oil and Gas Sector. The activities of the Department have reduced the scourge of kidnapping, militancy, pipeline vandalism, oil theft and their associated vices that gave the Region and our Nation bad name in the past.

 

Development of Web Based Skills Acquisition Registration & Management System:

This system is one that allows applicants for the Ministry’s Skill Acquisition Training Programme to register and submit their applications online using the Ministry’s Website. It also allows the Ministry to know at a glance the total number of applicants by State of Origin, their Bio-data and Sectors of training applied for. Presently, over one 160,000 youths have submitted application forms and the number is growing by the day.

 

Our Address

11th Floor Federal Secretariat,
Central Business District
FCT Abuja, Nigeria
Tel. : +234 80 235 5392
Fax : +234 80 235 5392
E-mail: info@nigerdelta.gov.ng

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