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Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs empowers Women and Youths for Socio-Economic Development.

The Honourable Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Sen. Godswill Akpabio, CON, has reiterated that the Federal Government has embarked on training and empowerment programmes for Women and Youths in the Niger Delta Region in a bid to diversify the economy from substantial dependence on crude oil and promote micro and small businesses

The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, MNDA, Mr. Olusade Adesola stated this at the closing ceremony of the training and empowerment programme for women and youths from Niger Delta Region held in Abuja, on Friday, March 20, 2020.

The scheme according to him, would promote national food security, invest in people and equally generate employment for the good people of Niger Delta Region, adding that the training package was meant to provide the participants with skills in the assigned areas and also equip them with knowledge in entrepreneurship to enable them manage their business and finances in order to transform their business into successful enterprises.

Sen. Akpabio noted that the Empowerment and Community Development Programmes being organized by the Ministry is ongoing and would be expanded to ensure that no one is left behind. He, however, informed the beneficiaries that the officials of the Ministry will periodically monitor their progress to provide guidance, mentorship and ensure compliance in line with the objectives of the programme.

Speaking further, the Minister explained that the Ministry was actively involved in other forms of empowerment programmes aimed at encouraging the growth and development of micro and small businesses such as provision of tricycles and motorcycles to entrepreneurs and farmers to ease transportation of goods and services.

Other areas of empowerment according to him include provision of sewing machines and other accessories for fashion designers, equipping of ICT centers, hospitals, schools amongst others.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Director Economic Empowerment, Mr. Ibrahim Akanya, stated that apart from farming, the Ministry went further to make sure that the trainees acquire knowledge in ICT and Entrepreneurship to enhance their businesses.

He referred to the beneficiaries as privileged group who were visited in the course of their training by the Hon. Minister of State, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura and other management staff who gave them inspirational talks apart from the skills being acquired from the consultants.

Akanya also stated that a starter capital would be given to them and then enjoined participants to hold firmly to the knowledge and advice gotten during the training in order to be successful.

Speaking on behalf of the Beneficiaries, Mr. Ofuyaekpone Charles Tuoyo, the Class Representative, appreciated the MNDA for the programme and assured that the Ministry’s efforts would not be in vain.

Tuoyo delightfully expressed that they have been trained from the scratch on the hatching process in fish farming among other things and they have realized that farming is a viable business, noting that they have deliberated among themselves on how to start the business successfully and assured the Ministry that the empowerment package given to them would be well utilized to enhance their income and livelihood.

Patricia Deworitshe,
D (Press and Public & Relations),
21st March, 2020

Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs Empowers Women and Youths for Socio-Economic Development.

The Honourable Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Sen. Godswill Akpabio (CON) has empowered Women and Youths not only for their individual benefits but for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, MNDA, Mr. Olusade Adesola stated this at the closing ceremony of the training and empowerment programme for women and youths from Niger Delta Region held in Abuja, on Friday, March 20, 2020.

He said that the empowerment initiative is in line with the Governments drive to diversify the economy from substantial dependence on crude oil.

The scheme according to him, would promote national food security, invest in people and equally generate employment for the good people of Niger Delta Region, adding that the training package was meant to provide the participants with skills in the assigned areas and also equip them with knowledge in entrepreneurship to enable them manage their business and finances in order to transform their business into successful enterprises.

Sen. Akpabio noted that the Empowerment and Community Development Programmes being organized by the Ministry are continuous to expand reach in the effort to ensure that no one is left behind. He, however, informed the beneficiaries that the officials of the Ministry will periodically monitor their progress to provide guidance, mentorship and ensure compliance in line with the objectives of the programme.

Speaking further, the Minister explained that the Ministry was actively involved in other forms of empowerment programmes aimed at encouraging the growth and development of micro and small businesses such as provision of tricycles and motorcycles to entrepreneurs and farmers to ease transportation of goods and services.

Other areas of empowerment according to him include provision of sewing machines and other accessories for fashion designers, equipping of ICT Centres, hospitals, schools amongst others.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Director Economic Empowerment, Mr. Ibrahim Akanya, stated that apart from farming, the Ministry went further to make sure that the trainees acquire knowledge in ICT and Entrepreneurship to enhance their businesses.

He referred to the beneficiaries as privileged group who were visited in the course of their training by the Hon. Minister of State, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura and other management staff who gave them inspirational talks apart from the skills being acquired from the consultants.

Akanya also stated that a starter capital would be given to them and then enjoined participants to hold firmly to the knowledge and advice gotten during the training in order to be successful.

Speaking on behalf of the Beneficiaries, Mr. Ofuyaekpone Charles Tuoyo, the Class Representative, appreciated the MNDA for the programme and assured that the Ministry’s efforts would not be in vain.

Tuoyo delightfully expressed that they have been trained from the scratch on the hatching process in fish farming among other things and they have realized that farming is a viable business, noting that they have deliberated among themselves on how to start the business successfully and assured the Ministry that the empowerment package given to them would be well utilized to enhance their income and livelihood.

Patricia Deworitshe,
Head (Press and Public Relations),
21st March, 2010

Payment of Legionnaires emolument, Ministry’s top priority- Olusade

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Mr. Olusade Adesola has noted that henceforth, payment of the monthly emolument of legionnaires attached to the Ministry will be prioritized to ensure that they are paid as at when due and other security apparatus would be provided to enable them function optimally.

Mr. Olusade stated this, when he met with officials and members of Legionnaires posted to the Ministry on Tuesday 17th March, 2020 in his office in Abuja.

According to him “payment for persons in the security department is the primary concern of the Permanent Secretary, in fact when any money comes, the first set of people directed to be paid are the security persons including the Legionnaires, because, if you are not paid, you will not be happy to do anything for us, as a result, we would not be safe”.

The Permanent Secretary enjoined Legionnaires attached to the Ministry to ensure that security and safety issues are given the desired attention.

While commending the efforts of the Legionnaires for their unrelenting efforts in ensuring that security of the office remains an important task to be accomplished, he enjoined them to be dedicated to their duties while giving attention to the movement of people within the Ministry.

Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary noted that because of the peculiarity of the Ministry, there is need to device a means of managing visitors who mostly are not officially invited to the Ministry.

The Director General Services of the Ministry, Mrs. Joyce Onwubuariri, in her speech, expressed optimism that the meeting which has severally been rescheduled will be a fruitful one to move the Ministry forward.

Earlier, officials of the Legionnaires, represented by Ibrahim Edime O. thanked the Permanent Secretary for the rear opportunity accorded them to interact with him, being the first time. The Legionnaires raised issues concerning their general welfare of which the Permanent Secretary assured that efforts would be made to address the situation.

Deworitshe Patricia,
Head (Press & PR),
17TH March, 2020.

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