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By John Chuks Azu
The Federal Government has announced plans to partner with the Republic of Greece on the training of Niger Delta youths and others in ship building, fishing, food sufficiency and employment generation.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio disclosed this when the representative of the Greece government in Nigeria, Concept Amadeus Limited paid a working visit to the Ministry on September 3, 2019 in Abuja.
A statement by the spokesman of the Minister, Anietie Ekong said the move is intended to improve the living standard of the Niger Delta people and Nigerians in general. He said the initiative will reduce militancy and crises of unemployment in the country.
The minister noted that the partnership will empower the youths in the Niger Delta Region, stop the illegal fishing on Nigerian shore and also give Nigerians the opportunity to explore the value chain in the fishing industry.
Senator Akpabio said that the host communities will be involved in the whole process to enable them own the project and provide the enabling environment for successful hosting of the dockyard.
To ensure that the whole process is domesticated, Senator Akpabio and the Minister of State, Festus Keyamo (SAN) set up a five-member committee to work out detailed modalities of the training programme.
Earlier, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Concept Amadeus Limited, Prince Patrick Osabase, the organization representing the Greece Government, said Nigeria loses about $10 billion yearly to untapped resources in the fishing industry.
Source; Daily Trust