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FG trains Niger Delta youths in paint, soap-making, others

By Chido Okafor, Warri
10 November 2021   |   2:44 am
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State, yesterday, began the training of selected youths

[FILES] Soap making

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State, yesterday, began the training of selected youths from nine Niger Delta states on skills acquisition.

No fewer than 25 participants were selected from each state to participate in the programme, it was learnt.

The ministry and PTI partnered Ufu-Gold Projects, skills training consultants, to train youths in various skills as production of anti-corrosion paints and house paints, production of soaps for car washing, laundry and household use, and electrical wiring, amongst others.

In his remark at the commencement of the training, the Chief Executive Officer of PTI, Dr. Henry Adebowale Adimula, said the training is part of the Federal Government’s effort to engage youths in ventures that would make them self-reliant and employers of labour.

“We are training skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled youths in various aspects of technology, that is not directly what PTI is known for. And that’s why we had to get consultants and a team of experts to build the necessary skills into the youths that we are training today.

“The people we are training were drawn from the entire Niger Delta region. What we do is to have coordinators in all states of the Niger Delta and we have selected for this training, representatives of each of those states, it is not possible to train all youths in the Niger Delta at the same time but those within the available funding.

He said training is an annual event and would be held every year as long as funds are available.

The principal consultant of the programme, Ufuoma John-Gold, said they hope to pull youths from the streets, make them self-employed, and employers of labour.