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A total of 157 youths from the Niger Delta region and returnees from Libya have completed a two-week intensive training at the First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Youth Empowerment Programme is a product of a partnership between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the University.
Speaking at the closing ceremony which held at Tech-U over the weekend, the Minister of the Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani, who was represented at the event by Mr. Ibrahim Akanya, Director, Economic Empowerment Directorate in the Ministry noted that the empowerment was necessitated by the need to develop the manpower capacity of the Niger Delta region.
According to him, “Development is not about physical infrastructure alone, but also about developing the requisite manpower that can propel the development of the region. We are interested in developing both physical infrastructure and human capital to be able to enhance significantly the quality of living in the Niger Delta region”.
While commending Tech-U for the quality of training given to the beneficiaries, some of whom were recent returnees from Libya, Mr Akanya charged the participants to put to good use skills acquired at the University.
The TVET beneficiaries were trained in agro-allied ventures such as fisheries and poultry in addition to a host innovative skill required for successful business operations.
Tech-U Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami appreciated the Ministry for finding Tech-U worthy in its commitment to empowering Nigerian youths, noting that Youth Empowerment Programme was one of the flagship interventions of the University conceived to frontally fight the rising scourge of unemployment in the country.
“As implemented by the University’s Centre for Technical, Vocational Entrepreneurship Training (TVET) is devoted to equipping individuals with skills acquisition and entrepreneurship training in carefully-selected areas of needs in the larger society. Aside from a commitment to bridging the yawning skills gap, the programme is focused on generating self-employment among the teeming youths of the country”.
“Tech-U holds the conviction that a truly productive nation must necessarily be pivoted on sustained and strategic investment in human capital development. Therefore, this programme, in addition to the other unique offerings anchored on the innovative model of education, we are known for, as a socially responsible corporate entity reflects our avowed commitment to making Nigeria work by getting her young people empowered for wealth creation,” Salami Said.
Speaking further, Salami said, “So far, since the commencement of the initiative, about 350 youths have been trained in diverse skills and our target is to have at least 1,000 beneficiaries before the end of 2019.
Source; Independent Newspapers Nigeria