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The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has trained and empowered another batch of 62 Niger Delta youths and women in soap making and confectionery.
Each participant was given the sum of three hundred thousand naira (N300,000.00) as starter pack for the commencement of their enterprise.
The graduation ceremony of the two weeks training and empowerment programme took place in Awka, Anambra state on Friday.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Usani Uguru Usani represented by deputy director economic empowerment Mr Philip Ndiomu advised the trainees to become change agents in the development of the Niger Delta region and the country in general.
The minister assured that more Niger Deltans would be trained through similar training and empowerment programme from time to time.
One of the training consultants Mr Nonso Obi commended the trainees for their commitment and seriousness during the training. He advised that they make the best use of the knowledge imparted on them.
Similarly, trainees, Ufuoma Okoro thanked the federal government and the consultants for the training and empowerment programme.
Meanwhile, miss Okoro said the training programme was educative, adding that the participants would pass the acquired skills to other youths of the region for meaningful engagements to reduce drug abuse, vandalisation of oil and gas pipelines and other vices.