A total of 5,765 youths across the Niger Delta Region have so far benefited from various skill programmes of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Similarly 4,025km of roads have been constructed and 1,261 transformers provided with 400 communities connected to the National grid.
Chairman, NDDC Governing Board, Dr. Tarilah Tebepah who disclosed these during the 1st Niger Delta Youth Investment and Business Development Summit with the Theme: AFTER OIL WHAT NEXT? Said 70% of the Commission’s budget is spent on infrastructure.
The Chairman who observed with dismay the number of unemployed youths in the region, announced plans by the Commission to initiate massive programmes that would lead to job creation for the youths.
“NDDC is working towards providing Technology Parks and small medium enterprise centres in each state of the region; we also think that the time has come for us to objectively monitor job creation activities”. Dr. Tebepah declared.
Continuing, he said “the NDDC plans to create commodity marketing boards that will assist farmers sell their produce”.
On infrastructure, Dr. Tebepah assured that the Commission would complete ongoing projects in addition to providing broad band service by laying submarine cables from Calabar to link providers in Lagos and urged the youths to take advantage of the opportunities to turn their lives around.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, Dr. Christian Oboh explained that the summit was designed to chart a new course for youths of the region.
“As the theme suggest, we are looking for a new way to tackle the question, what will be next if we don’t have oil again? Does it mean the people of Niger Delta will have nothing to do”; he queried.
The Managing Director promised that the summit would be sustained ultimately to create wealth among the youths of the region.