A Ship Dockyard
Niger Delta youths are poised to be trained in shipbuilding, fishing, food sufficiency and employment generation. Greece based company on behalf of the Greece government dropped the hint while on a working visit to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
The company known as Concept Amadeus Limited informs Senator Godswill Akpabio during the visit that the expertise on these unique skills and vocation will be impacted on the trainees who will then become self-employed and empowered.
The Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Anietie Ekong reiterated the determination of the Minister to improve the standard of living of the people of the Niger Delta region.
He praised the initiative which will definitely help to reduce militancy and crises as a result of unemployment in the country.
The partnership according to the Minister will further empower the Niger Delta youths, assist to check influx of illegal fishing on Nigerian shores and open a line of opportunities to Nigerians to embrace the value chain in the fishing industry.
Godswill Akpabio Minister of Niger Delta
According to Akpabio, the project is what the host communities would gladly own and would not only provide the dockyard but provide the enabling environment for it to thrive.
Akpabio said though most areas in the Niger Delta might not be good for fishing because of oil exploration, however, the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State and the Maritime Academy in Oron, Akwa Ibom State could be used as training grounds for the shipbuilding programme.
To fast track the process and bring it to reality the Ministry of Niger Delta has gone ahead to set up a five-man committee to work out detailed modalities of the training programme.
Responding to the minister’s remark, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Concept Amadeus Limited, the Greece Government’s representative Patrick Osabase said the partnership programme would create employment for the youths in the Niger Delta region and enhance their potential in the fishing industry.