FG engages Niger Delta youths on entrepreneurship
The Federal Government through the ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State, has commenced the training of selected youths from the nine Niger Delta States on various skills programmes.
The Guardian gathered that about 25 participants were selected from each state of the Niger Delta through state government protocol to participate in the programme.
The institutions partnered Ufu-Gold Projects, skills training consultants, to train the youths in various skills that are relevant to the petroleum sector, such as production of anti-corrosion paints and house paints, making of various kinds of soaps for car washing, laundry and household use and electrical wiring, among others.
Speaking during the flag-off of the training programme, the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of PTI, Dr. Henry Adimula, said the training was part of the Federal Government’s effort to engage youths in worthwhile ventures that would empower them and make them self-reliant and employers of labour.
“We are training skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled youths in various aspects of technology, not directly what PTI is known to train for and that is why we had to get consultants and a team of experts to build the necessary skills into the youths that were training today”, Adimula said.
He said the skills training is a yearly event and would continue as long as funds are made available.
The principal consultant of the programme, Ufuoma John-Gold, said his heart bleeds when he sees what the youths are doing today in the streets.
He said: “Look at our youths, see the kind of hair and clothes they wear, it is only God that knows their source of funds now. We want to see how we can encourage other youths not to imitate the bad ones.”
He said through the programme, they hope to pull youths from the streets, make them self-employed, and employers of labour.
He added that training materials would be given to the trainees to enable them to produce products on their own.