A total of 1,620 rural women from the Niger Delta region have been presented with starter packs under the NDDC/SPDC skills training programme, just as they are to benefit from rent support to enable them acquire shops.
The starter packs include sewing and industrial machines, hairdryers, decoration kits, generators, gas cookers/cylinders, weaving machines/weavon and hair attachments.
Others are wash hand basins, stretchers, special make up bags, manicure bags, facial steamers, message machines, photo printers, cyber shot cameras as well as video cameras.
Presenting the packs, NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Christian Oboh explained that the training programme was in line with the Commission’s cardinal principle of creating wealth and tackling the problem of unemployment among youths and women in the region.
In his words “the Niger Delta Development Commission considers the huge investment made on the programme as a critical step towards the qualitative empowerment of women in the Niger Delta”.
Represented by the Director, Admin. and Human Resources, Dr. Henrietta Ogan, the NDDC Boss charged beneficiaries to utilize the skills acquired by putting the starter packs into good use to improve their lives and families.
On his part, Managing Director, SPDC, Mutiu Sunmunu stated that the partnership with NDDC on skills acquisition falls within the company’s philosophy of contributing to the economic empowerment of youths in the Niger Delta, and commended the NDDC for being a worthy partner.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Keren Akarah commended the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for the opportunity to be trained and assured that the skills acquired would be maximally utilized.
The beneficiaries, who were drawn from the NDDC states were trained in various skills such as interior decoration soft furnishing, hair weaving, fixing, beading hat making, cosmetology, photography, videographer as well as tie and dye.