Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Mrs. Osato Iyasere Arenyeka, gave the indications when officials of the chamber paid a courtesy call on her at the Commission’s corporate headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Arenyeka, who was responding to a speech by the President of the body, Engineer Vincent Furo, assured that the Commission was prepared to key into their youths and women agricultural empowerment programme, which, she said is in line with the vision of the Commission. She therefore advised the officials of the two organisations to meet and come up with details of the partnership.
“We are interested in youth empowerment programme,” she said, adding: “We have to sit down and work out the details.”
She stated that besides physical infrastructure, the NDDC is also making an enormous difference and positive impact in the lives of Niger Deltans through various human capacity development programmes. “This is why we are ever ready to collaborate with any organization that shares in our vision,” she said.
Some of the Commission’s human capacity development programmes include the NDDC Technical Aid Corps Scheme which has benefited 2000 unemployed graduands, disbursement of 500 million naira to 191 cooperative societies under the NDDC Credit Entrepreneurial Development Scheme, training of 2, 500 graduands computer training programme and the restructured welding an fabrication training programme.
Others are the training of 250 Niger delta youths in different maritime courses at Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, training of 65 engineering graduates in drilling and petroleum technology, and the recently flagged off NDDC Solar Power Programme.
In his speech, Engineer Furo commended the Acting Managing Director for her achievement since assumption of office.
“We want to say that you have done so well since you came into office. You have within a short period taken the Commission to an enviable height. We are proud of you,” he said.