Federal Government supports entrepreneurship for Niger Delta Youths

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Vice President Osinbajo has restated the federal government’s commitment in its desire to support the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce for young people across the Niger Delta region to drive creativity and entrepreneurship.

He stated this when he met with a delegation of Niger Delta Expatriate Mentorship Committee, an initiative led by the Minister of Niger Delta, Mr. Usani Uguru Usani in his office.

The Vice President commended the initiative and noted that the expatriate mentorship scheme, which is in partnership with UNESCO, aligns with the commitment of the Buhari administration for the region and is capable of catalyzing development in the region.

He observed that the international mentorship/internship will expose beneficiaries to international standards, best business practices and technology.

In his remarks, the leader of the organisation and Chief Mentorship Officer, Mr. Chika Olejeme said under the National Expatriate Mentorship Strategy, selected youths would be sent abroad for international mentorship and internship.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, Mr Olejeme said that the mentorship office brought together mentees and their benefactors to replicate what communities in the Niger Delta did in the past and to remodel it.

He said: “We have gotten benefactors and have gotten international mentees.  Now government is doing a lot maybe 60% of the work by goodwill.  Today we met the vice president, we are going abroad, we are having diplomatic support, and we have UNESCO support.  What we have done with this is to be able to make every human being who wants to succeed fit in.  It does not just take sponsorship for somebody to have skills. It also takes people to know that their government is on their side.  People need to know that their government supports them.”

Also speaking, the Minister of the Niger Delta, Mr. Usani Uguru Usani, said the programme was “a fulfilment of a cardinal policy in government”, explaining that Vice President Osinbajo expressed joy that progress was being made in that direction, “especially concerning the engagement of young people in the Niger Delta, which you know is a focal point for the administration economic concern.”

About 30 countries in Europe and the United States of America have already signed up to the programme.

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