The Nigerian Government through Nigeria’s Ministry of Water Resources has launched its 9th Graduate Youth Empowerment Programme (GYEP) under the Niger-Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA) in Egberu-Ndoki community of Rivers State in Southern Nigeria.
The Nigerian Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu who was represented by the Ag. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Musa Ibrahim who disclosed this also said this was the 9th flag-off of the Graduate Youth Empowerment Programme (GYEP) which had taken off in 8 River Basins of the country in the last nine months.
Mr. Ibrahim explained that with the new Operational Guidelines of the scheme which was recently launched, participants will be provided with farming skills and stipends to support them.
In his remarks, the Managing-Director of the Niger-Delta Basin Development Authority, Engr. Tonye David-West applauded the Minister’s initiative in repositioning the River Basins to actualize their mandate which is yielding positive results.
“The GYEP is now making rounds and we are recording its flag-off here at Egberu and we are spreading economic opportunities to reduce crime and ensure even development in all catchment areas of Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States”, he said.
He added that the programme would be sustained and more farms developed in order to actualize government’s efforts to increase food security for the country.
Fifty (50) young graduates were assigned hectares of land; farming instruments and empowerment to enable them earn legitimate income.