A Non Governmental Organisation, Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta-PIND has on Thursday, September 30, 2021 launched the Delta Youth Employment Program (DYEP) at Bon Hotel in Effurun, Delta State. GbaramatuVoice reports.
The foundation awarded grants worth over 71 million Naira to nine competitively selected, highly competent implementating partner organizations to equip nearly 600 youths with market relevant skills for work and job creation by providing them with innovative demands-led training and support.
The Executive Director of PIND, Dr. Dara Akala, in his opening remarks during the grant award ceremony disclosed that addressing youth unemployment remains one of the most significant development challenges.
He noted that the national unemployment rate rose to 33.3 percent in Q4 of 2020 from 27.1 percent in Q2 of the same year. Noting that some Niger Delta states remain in the top bracket of the league table of this high unemployment.
He said “a local African proverb says that if a road is good, people will travel through it again and again.
“This is certainly true of the NDYEP as DYEP was borne as a result of the successes recorded through NDYEP and is also modelled after the principles and framework of the NDYEP to address youth job readiness, workforce development and job creation within in-demand sectors of ICT, agriculture, building construction and services, finished leather and services (Catering, Decoration and Fashion Designing) in Delta State.
“Today, I am excited to witness another gathering of similar stakeholders for the award of grants worth over 71 million Naira to nine competitively selected, highly competent implementating partner organizations to equip nearly 600 youths with market relevant skills for work and job creation by providing them with innovative demands-led training and support. Through these youths will receive a new lease in life, have the ability to meet their basic needs and live a life of dignity.”
“Addressing youth unemployment remains one of the most significant development challenges at this time for governments and non-state actors at the national and subnational levels, including the Niger Delta. The national unemployment rate rose to 33.3 percent in Q4 of 2020 from 27.1 percent in Q2 of the same year. Some Niger Delta states remain in the top bracket of the league table of this high unemployment.
“So it is our hope that the DYEP grants we are awarding today will produce a crop of young people in Delta state and in the region by extension, who have the abilities to thrive and live up to their full potentials; who have the opportunities, skills and stability, without forever depending on hangouts and aids.”
Appreciating PIND for the laudable youth employment program, Fabian Emmanuel of Azure Gold Limited, a grant recipient and implementing partner organization for the DYEP program in building construction sector thanked PIND for the opportunity saying; “I will like to thank PIND for the this opportunity and on behalf of myself and other implementing grant recipients here today, I assure you that we will deliver on the mandate giving to us.”
Representing the Asaba Chambers of Commerce, Edwin Chukwuma, Director General of the Chamber of Commerce, describe the umbrella body of the organized private sector as the beneficiaries of the program stating that; “As employers of labor we are the beneficiaries of this program because we need professionals who are trained in one skill or the other to fit our industrial needs because at the successful end of the program, we will have indigenous hands to handle our jobs instead of hiring foreigners.”
Stakeholders present at the grant award ceremony includes; the newly on-board implementing partners, government representative from the Ministry of Youths and Job Creation, the President of the Warri Chamber of Commerce, Media and other stakeholders.
The project is said to adapt the Niger Delta Youth Employment Pathways Project (NDYEP), piloted model and framework, which seeks to map the ecosystem of skills development, analyse opportunities for employment creation and develop models of youth job readiness or workforce development.
The program will provide disadvantaged young men and women in Delta state, the opportunity to secure sustainable jobs or start enterprises through market-driven technical and soft skills development, applying innovative and qualitative training curriculum which will support their transitioning into waged employment or self employment/ entrepreneurship.
Between September 2018 amd March 2020, The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta-PIND in two phases, implemented the pilot Niger Delta Youth Empowerment Pathways Project (NDYEP) with funding from Ford Foundation in three states of the Niger Delta: Abia, Akwa Ibom, amd Rivers across emerging sectors of agriculture, construction, finished leather, ICT, and renewable energy according to the labor market assessment conducted in the states.