NDDC to train Niger Delta Youths

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) at the weekend said it would soon begin the training of Niger Delta youths at the Innoson Kiara Academy, a technical and vocational institution affiliated to the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company.

NDDC Interim Administrator Mr. Efiong Akwa, represented by his Special Adviser on Youths, Udengs Eradiri, spoke after inspecting the facilities at the Innoson factory in Nnewi, Anambra State.

He was accompanied by the NDDC Deputy Director (Commercial and Industrial Development), Daniel Ajunwa.

Akwa said NDDC already had a partnership with the motor manufacturing company for the training of youths in automobile maintenance, adding that the visit was to firm up the partnership.

He said: “There are lots of skills that our young ones can get from this facility. They can be trained in fabrication, assembly, painting and corrosion control, among others. We think that because of the growing economy of the Niger Delta and Nigeria, it is important that we begin to grow our own skills to be better able to manage our economy.”

Akwa said the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) had trained Niger Delta youths in the facility and they came out with skills.

He said: “We want to continue with that kind of development and get to a situation where we will have a plant in the Niger Delta that will also be manufacturing vehicles. We will take the partnership to a point where a replica of the Innoson factory will be set up in the Niger Delta region.

“We are aware that the training facility here teaches skills, attitude and entrepreneurship. We know that if you learn a skill, you should be able to translate it into financial gains.”

The Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Kiara Academy, Mr. Endi Ezengwa, thanked the NDDC for considering the facilities at Innoson Motors for the training of youths.

He said: “The skills from our factory are what we want to transfer to our young ones, so that apart from maintenance of vehicles, they can also manufacture vehicles to some degree. For instance, they can manufacture engine bolts, tools for agriculture and imbibe the concept of manufacturing.”


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