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Federal Government Empowers 85 Ondo Youths with Tricycles, Motorcycles

Not less than 85 youths in Ondo Central Senatorial District have benefited from the Federal Government's empowerment programme, as some of them received tricycles and motorcycles from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Speaking at the Commissioning and distribution of the empowerment items in Akure, Ondo State Capital on Monday, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, said: "The Niger Delta region is faced with endemic poverty and we discovered that one of the ways of eradicating it is to empower the youths through transport business, using tricycles and motorcycles."

55 of the youths received motorcycles, while 30 received tricycles for commercial transportation.

Prof. Daramola added that apart from giving the Youths those items, "We also gave them a form of training on business management and simple repairs of the items."

The Minister, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Economic Empowerment Department in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Philip Ndiomu, reiterated that the initiative was one of the laudable programmes of the Present administration that were aimed at empowering the youths, generating employment, as well as improving their economic well-being.

"As we match to another dispensation in Government, be assured that more of the empowerment programme will be carried out in the Niger Delta region until poverty is reduced to the bearest minimum," Prof. Daramola stressed.

In his remarks, Senator Donald Omotayo Alasoadura, representing Ondo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, commended the Federal Government for finding the people of his constituency worthy of such laudable programme.

Senator Alasoadura charged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the items received. "Don't sell them, but use and make money from them," he charged.

Speaking on behalf other beneficiaries, Comrade Akindehin Emmanuel lauded the initiative of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the support of Senator Alasoadura in making the empowerment programme possible, promised to utilize what he received for the benefit of his family and his community.

Stephen Kilebi
Deputy Director, 
Press & Public Relations,
27th May, 2019

120 Farmers, 28 physically challenged persons benefit from Federal Government's modern farming equipment, wheel chairs, others, in Cross River

In its bid to improve agriculture and food sufficiency in the Niger Delta region and also make life more comfortable to the physically challenged and other less privileged persons in the region, the Federal Government has flagged off free distribution of farming equipment, walking aides and other gadgets in Cross River State.

While distributing the equipment in Calabar on Monday, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani said the idea was to demonstrate the good intention of the Federal Government to take care of the downtrodden in the society.

"Every journey starts with a step, this is to demonstrate the good intention of government to take care of the downtrodden," he stressed.

The Minister, announcing the distribution formula, said 120 Habgito Tillers would go to farmers in the farming communities of Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State, 28 wheel chairs and crutches to physically challenged persons, while 96 sewing machines were allocated to tailors, 5 computer sets for 5 youths and 77 wrappers to the less privileged women.

Pastor Usani reiterated that the gestures would bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in Cross River State and other States in the Niger Delta region, as more people in the region would soon benefit from such exercise.

The Minister added that modern farming equipment being given to the farmers would boost their morale and enhance improved food production and sufficiency in the area.

He charged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the good gestures by supporting the programmes and activities of the Federal Government towards improving their livelihoods.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aliyu Aminu Bisalla, represented by the Director, Community Development and Education, Mrs. Lauren Braide, said what the Ministry was doing was among many strategies it had recently adopted to reach out to the people at the grassroots in the Niger Delta region.

In his remarks, the Paramount Ruler, Calabar Municipality, His Royal Majesty, Ndidem Patrick Inok Oqua Agbo V, represented by His Royal Highness, Etiyin Francis Effiom commended the Federal Government saying the administration had impacted their lives positively.

In a related development, while commissioning the Ministry's Housing Estate at Ekpiri Ikang, Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State yesterday, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani announced that 30 Units of Houses would be allocated to the displaced people of Bakassi, whom he said could not afford building such houses for themselves, while undeveloped plots within the estate would be allocated to the traditional rulers and those who have been providing security for the estate over the years.

In his response, the Chairman, Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council and Paramount Ruler of Bakassi, His Royal Majesty, Etim Okon Edet expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for giving succour to the Bakassi returnees.

He called for total re-settlement of the displaced people of Bakassi who according to him, left their ancestral homes not on their own volition, but due to the decision of the Federal Government at that time, saying total re-settlement would end their agitation once and for all.

Also in his remarks, a member representing Bakassi in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Ekpo Bassey commended the Federal Government and the leadership of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, which he said, recognised the importance of shelter in the lives of the people, by completing and allocating the Housing Estate in the area.

Hon. Bassey called for equitable distribution of the houses to the beneficiaries.

Stephen Kilebi,
Deputy Director,
Press and Public Relations,
21st May, 2019.

40 Physically Challenged Persons, 188 others got N.3m Empowerment Package from Federal Government

40 physically challenged persons, 188 youths and women from the Niger Delta region have received N300,000 each, as empowerment package from the Federal Government at the graduation ceremonies organised by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for trainees in Edo, Delta and Akwa Ibom States, on Friday.

104 youths and women trained on fishery and poultry farming graduated in Benin-City, Edo State, 84 trainees graduated in Asaba, Delta State, while 40 physically challenged persons, trained on bead-making, embroidery confectionery and entrepreneurship, had their graduation ceremony at Amayam Clan, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state respectively.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, represented by Mr. Philip Ndiomu, a Deputy Director in the Economic Empowerment Department of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, at the Benin City event told the trainees to put the knowledge gained to good use.

Usani said that the training programmes were aimed at equipping participants with practical and theoretical knowledge on poultry and fishery production as well as other business management skills that would make their individual businesses grow.

The Minister advised them to put the N300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) starter pack they received to good use, to the extent that they would also empower others to start their own businesses.

Usani enjoined them to patiently grow their businesses as immediate success or profit was not guaranteed.

The Minister revealed that the training and empowerment programme was continuous and assured those clamouring for inclusion that they would be considered in subsequent ones.

He added that the programme would not be stopped now as it was the dream of government to see that youths and women of the Niger Delta region became self-reliant and self- sustaining.

In his remarks, Senator Mathew Urhoghide of Edo South Senatorial District, thanked the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for partnering Edo state and other stakeholders on the project as he advised participants at the programme ‘to utilize the opportunity to better their lots in life’ as it might never come to them again.

The Senator stressed that the programme was very important to the Federal Government as it was keen on attending to the yearnings of youths and women of the Niger Delta region.

He urged the trainees to be strategic on the businesses they do with their starter packs.

Similarly, Senator Sam Anyanwu of Imo state who was also at the graduation ceremony in Benin-City, advised the trainees to make the best use of the knowledge acquired and the starter packs.

One of the trainees and physically challenged beneficiary from the Akwa Ibom State event Prince Akaninyene Isidore noted: "Before now, persons with disabilities were insignificant in the society as far as charity is concerned, but we are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for developing people with disabilities through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs."

Stephen Kilebi,
Deputy Director,
Press and Public Relations,
18th May 2019

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