The Niger Delta Development Commission has announced its intention to generate employment opportunities for 10,000 young individuals residing in the Niger Delta region.
The commission will implement this initiative, named ‘Project HOPE’ (Holistic Opportunity Project of Engagement).
Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, the Managing Director of NDDC, revealed this during the project’s launch at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Ogbuku further elaborated that, as part of the plan, a minimum of 1,000 jobs will be established in each of the nine states within the Niger Delta region.
“We have from day one said we want to do things that are more sustainable. We can’t be doing things in the old way and expect different results.
“We believe this is a new approach that is in conformity with present reality, that is in conformity with international best practices.
“So, let people in the region be seen to be growing. From this ‘Project Hope,’ we are going to ensure that lots of jobs are created.
“We are looking at creating about 10,000 jobs with 1,000 per state minimum. We are going back to go into agro-allied investments where we are going to engage our youths.”
Ogbuku said under Project Hope, a database would be created, and youths would be nominated for training in their areas of passion and interest.