The Federal Government has trained another batch of 154 youths and women on poultry and fish farming as well as 47 others on confectionery and household technology.
Mr Stephen Kilebi, Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Usani Usani was represented by the Director Economic Empowerment in the Ministry, Mr Braimah Akanya at the graduation ceremony at First Technical University Ibadan, Oyo State.
Usani advised the graduands to make good use of the opportunity and become good ambassadors of the region and the country at large.
He urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the startup package to free themselves from the labour market and be ready to train and employ other youths in their localities.
He congratulated the graduands for the skills acquired and urged them to be self-sustaining, while assuring the participants of other opportunities to support their activities.
The Vice Chancellor of University , Prof. Ayobami Salami appreciated the Ministry for choosing the school for the training, adding that the institution would partner the Ministry in subsequent trainings.
Mr Segun Sobajo, one of the training Consultants advised the graduands on the need to start practicing the business ideas they have learnt.
He said this would enable the federal government achieve its primary aim of curbing the rate of poverty and unemployment in the Niger Delta region.
Similarly, the Rector of the Polytechnic Ibadan, Prof. Kazeem Adebiyi, who was represented by the Managing Director, Mr Poly Venture, Dr Lawal Kolawole told the participants to see the programme as a golden opportunity.
He called on the beneficiaries to make use of their experience for the good of themselves, the Niger Delta region and Nigeria in general.
Adebiyi commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiatives on human capital development in the Niger Delta region.