By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Federal Government has reiterated its determination to empower the teeming youths in the Niger-Delta area with a pledge to provide a substantial take-off grant to a team of youths who concluded a month-long Fish Production Empowerment Training in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Friday.
Addressing the batch of trainees comprising young men and women drawn from some States in the South-South geo-political zone, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Professor Claudius Omoleye Daramola remarked that “President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has resolved to stop at nothing in its determination to ensure that youths from the zone are effectively empowered to enable them contribute positively to national economic development.”
While congratulating the beneficiaries, the minister charged them to use the skills acquired from the empowerment training programme in establishing their own outfits and become employers of labour.
“On your successful completion of this month-long Fish Production Empowerment Training, I charge you all to go back to your respective local government areas and use the skills already acquired in establishing your own outfits and become employers of labour. You should make good use of the golden opportunities that have come your way through the Presidency.”
“You should take notice that you will be further empowered once you kickstart the establishment of your own outfits following this training. The emphasis is establishment. So, please, go back to your base and set up your own enterprise immediately and the government would further intervene in providing you with the desired take-off grant.”
Speaking earlier, the training consultant and Chief Executive of Siegener Sabithos College of Business Management and Information Technology, Dr. Tunde Anifowose-Kelani disclosed that the trainees were exposed to the modalities of Catfish and Tilapia Fish Production including hatchery, breeding as well as the marketing aspects.