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The Department is saddled with many responsibilities which includes:
- Training and retraining of farmers in modern agricultural practices for effective and sustainable agricultural development and food security in the Region.
- Facilitating agricultural trainings for youths and women in the Region
- Promoting the establishment of agro-processing cottage industries; and
- Promoting entrepreneurial skills through support for micro, small and medium support services, inter alia.
Achievements of Economic Empowerment Department (2015 – 2018)
The following are some achievements recorded by the Department between 2015 and 2019:
Establishment of Cassava Processing Plants:
i. In 2014, contracts for the establishment of 9 No. cassava processing plants in the Niger Delta Region were awarded. 8 No. of the plants located in Gbarantoru Ekpetiama-Epie community, Bayelsa State, Igbotako community, Ondo State, Bah Lueku Nyokalena community, Rivers State, Isiaku Afara-Ukwu community, Abia State, Mbutu community, Imo State, Wanokom community, Cross River State, Afi Uda community, Akwa Ibom State and Okwekenta community, Imo State have been completed and handed over to the respective host communities, while 1No plant that was proposed to be located in Ufuoma community, Delta State, was terminated, for lack of capacity by the contractor;
ii. In 2017, contract for the establishment of 1 No. cassava processing plant in Azuogwugwu community, Abia State was awarded. The project is at 78% job completion.
Establishment of Integrated Oil Palm Processing Plants:
i. In 2016, contracts for the establishment of 9 No. Integrated Oil Palm processing plants were awarded. The plant located in Umuehihe community, Imo state has been completed and handed over to the community, while 8 other plants are at various stages of completion;
ii. In 2017, contract for the establishment of an Integrated Oil Palm Processing Plant in Egbelu community, Imo State was awarded and the Project is at 35% job completion.
Training and Empowerment of Youths:
i. One Hundred and Thirty Thousand (130) youths that were trained in Poultry, Aquaculture and Crop Production enterprises in 2014, were empowered in 2016 with funds to enable them practice. The Ministry provided the funds for the empowerment of the youths, while the Bank of Agriculture Ltd (BOA) disbursed the funds to the beneficiaries. In line with its mandate, the Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Cooperation (NAIC) was engaged in the Programme, for the provision of insurance cover for their agricultural enterprises;
ii. In 2015, 214 women and youths drawn from all the states of the Niger Delta Region were trained in Poultry and Snailry, Entrepreneurship and Computer Appreciation. Each of the trainees was empowered with start-up capital;
iii. In 2016, a total of 198 women and youth were trained in Community Shared ICT and Business Hub, Poultry and Fishery Productions and other agricultural value chains. These trainees were empowered with start-up capital;
iv. Furthermore, in 2017, 720 women and youth that in the Region were trained in Poultry and Fishery and their value chains, soap, detergent, pomade and confectionery making. These trainees were subsequently empowered with seed-funds as start-up capital.
Periodic Mentoring of the Empowered Youths:
i. In 2016, the Department carried out follow-up activities on the empowered youths through periodic visits and telephone calls with the aim of ensuring that they were making progress in the enterprises.
Provision of Tricycles:
i. In 2015, a total of 48 tricycles (Keke NAPEP) were supplied and distributed to beneficiaries in Oke/Sapele/Uviwe Federal Constituency, Delta State. That was to cushion the effects of the economic down-turn in the country and provide an alternative and viable means of road transport;
ii. In 2017, another set of 150 tricycles were supplied and distributed to youths in Akpabuyo and Calabar South LGA, Cross River State. These tricycles were to enhance the economic base of the beneficiaries.