The Ministries of Niger Delta Affairs and Youths and Sports, in partnership with St. Georges UK, are sending 100 Niger Delta youths to European countries for a programme tagged “Train and Engage”.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, made the disclosure during interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, the ministry is set to address the major problems confronting the region.
“No fewer than 100 Niger Delta youths will be sent abroad for training as we have entered training agreements with various European institutions, including United Kingdom, for that purpose,” he said.
The Minister added that the trainees would be readily absorbed and constructively engaged upon completion of their studies abroad.
Usani said that the local content office of the Africa House in UK had entered into collaboration with the ministry to train the youths on NV Q Model Design.
“NV Q Model Design is to train the youths in oil and gas industry need basis and youths from the Niger Delta will be given that special training,” he said.
The minister, therefore, called on the restive youths of the region to put an end to destruction of national assets and embrace peace, adding “we can together achieve much in peace than in war”.
The Federal Government is already in discussion with relevant stakeholders from the region on how to stop vandalism of oil pipes and other infrastructure in the region.