As part of efforts to boost human capital development and create jobs for the youths of Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), plans to partner Nigerian universities towards equipping the youths technically through specialized training.
Chairman of the Governing Board, Dr. Tarilah Tebepah stated this at the University of Ibadan where he delivered a lecture entitled: “The Last Mile: the Great Opportunity for Rapid Development”.
Accompanied by some Board members to the 2012 Annual Alumni Lecture held at Richard Finn Auditorium of the University, the Chairman disclosed that job creation for the youths was capable of propelling our nation into the prestigious club of the largest 20 economies in the world within a few years.
“Considering the number of challenges our dear country is facing; if we cooperate with the universities we will not only overcome unemployment syndrome but wipe it away in no distance”. Tebepah stated.
While urging Nigerians to support Government effort in restoring the glory of service delivery in the country, he observed that service delivery was more noticeable during his days in the university, which according to him enabled his guardian received his examination results through the postal system.
To improve on service delivery in the country, Dr. Tebepah insisted that the Nigerian personality must be given greater prominence. “Every institution should also define its own personality and make it known to all its members”.
The NDDC chairman who said “every service to be rendered must stipulate the skills, knowledge required and time frame for implementation, explained that even though the amount of money NDDC receives is paramount, the actual service that the money is able to achieve in a given period is more important”.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adewale noted that Dr. Tebepah had done the university proud through his excellent performance in the political arena, especially in the NDDC, which according to him was doing more now in the area of development of the Niger Delta.