MNDA

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Achievements

Within the last two years, the Department has recorded some modest achievements regardless of the many challenges it encountered. These include:
(i) Conduct of Baseline surveys on:
  • Communities
  • Educational Institutions/Health facilities
  • Social recreational centres in the Niger Delta
  • Literacy level of the people of the region
  • Non-Governmental organisations in the Niger Delta
  • Culture and Values of the People of Niger Delta
(ii) Conduct of Needs Assessment Survey on:
  • Tools and equipment in all Educational and recreational facilities;
  • Tools, equipment and personnel requirements in all health facilities
  • Skills requirement for Youth/Women.
(iii) Commencement of training of 595 youths/women in Agriculture, Maritime and Oil & Gas sectors out of the 15,004 approved by Mr President (See Annex 1)

(iv) The Department had concluded the 2010 training Workshop/Talent hunt for 900 youths & Women in various vocations in the Film & Music Industry in all youth empowerment;

(v) Development of Concept Guidelines for youth empowerment;

(vi) Development of Concept documents and Training manuals for Skills Acquisition Programmes in 9 sectors of the economy and;

(vii) Awards of Scholarship to Post graduate Indigent students both locally and abroad.

(viii) Production of a Database on the Number of Communities by Ward, Local Government/State.
In carrying out this activity, consultants were engaged after following due process. Approval of a standard methodology was given. Currently, seventy per cent (70%) of the data on communities have been collected and collated. This survey will help to provide information on the number of communities and their challenges and proffer solutions and/or direction on appropriate plan of action for intervention. The survey date has been concluded.

(ix) Community Enlightenment: To sensitize and re-orient the Niger Delta Communities on Citizenship Rights, Promoting their Cultures and Values as necessary tools for improved Community relations.
In order to fast-track peace and development in the Niger Delta region series of the meetings have been with different ethnic communities such as Ijaws, Isokos, Itsekiries, Urhobos and Oil producing communities of Abia and Imo states to interact with them in order to address th challenges facing them, seek their cooperation on projects within their communities, and also brief them on the activities of the Ministry. The department also engaged consultants to conduct a baseline survey on the cultures as values of Niger Delta region by ward and local government in each state. This is to document the cultures and values of the Niger Delta region and use such information to drive their difficulties and jointly proffer solutions. The report has since been concluded.

(x) Civil Societies coordination
To organise civil societies operating in the Niger Delta region, the department through the engagement of Consultants carried out a survey of the list of NGO's by Ward & Local Government in each state. This will enable the Ministry to plan for the empowerment of viable NGO's, improve communication between the communities and the Ministry and drive empowerment programmes on health, education, social services through these accredited NGO's. The production of a Compendium will guide partnership with the NGO's in the region particularly at grass root level in all developmental efforts.

(xi) Youth Development Through Educational Skills Acquisition and Meaningful Economic Activities
Several approaches were taken to implement this objective. The consultants engaged were tasked on the following:
  • Survey on the number and spread of primary, secondary, tertiary and technical schools in the Niger Delta region;
  • Obtain the list of Trade and Technical schools nationwide and overseas for the training of youths and;
  • Carry out survey to determine the number of unemployed youth in Local Governments in collaboration with other division of the department and other departments to employ these youths.
    The task is nearing completion and will be hosted in the Ministry's and National Bureau of Statistics website when it is concluded. The report of the survey will also be applied to fill in the gaps in educational institutions, and strengthen them for better performance.

(xii) Biometric Data on Youths and Women as Agents of Change.
A biometric exercise for the development of a database on women and youths of the Niger Delta region will assist the government in the planning, implementation and tracking of development within the region. The CYD department initiated the project in collaboration with National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Zinox Technologies.
The biometric database when successfully implemented will impact positively on the youths and women development in the areas of job creation, establishment of skill acquisition centres and community empowerment thus reducing poverty in the region.
The projects financial estimate was made and in view of the financial constraints, the Ministry adopted a public-private partnership to implement the project. Out of the two capable companies that indicated interest, Zinox Technologies Ltd was approved because they showed capacity to provide funds for the exercise at no cost to the Government. However, treading on the side of caution, the programme has been temporarily put on hold due to the method suggested by Zinox to solicit for funds.

(xiii) Education and capacity building e-Learning System
The department in collaboration with one of the organised private sectors from India, International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development and Galaxy commenced the process of establishing e-learning centres in all the One-hundred and eighty-five (185) LGA's of the nine (9) states in the region. The essence of this is to provide education through electronic learning system to the less privileged in the areas. Also an initial contact has been made with Commonwealth Secretariat for their input. However, non-provision of funds in 2010 Appropriate has hampered further progress on the project.

(xiv) Scholarship scheme
The department plans to facilitate the award of scholarship to the less privileged students of the Niger Delta region. To this effect, various stakeholders like Education Trust Fund, Federal Ministry of Education and Petroleum Trust Fund have been contacted. Access Bank is committed to partnering with the MNDA on this scholarship scheme for poor families and orphans/students in the Niger Delta region. Also Access Bank had provided N15,000,000.00 (Fifteen million naira) only for skills acquisition training and scholarship scheme. To this end, PTDF has offered One thousand (1000) slots for Local Scholarship Scheme (LSS) and Overseas Scholarship Scheme.

(xv) Employment Scheme
The Ministry has forwarded a total of 391 names of applicants for the nine states of the Niger Delta to the following companies, Zinox, UBA, Access Bank and Setraco for employment. Also 20 companies made commitments to offer Thirty one thousand, seven hundred and eighty-nine (31,789) jobs to the youths of the Niger Delta region if they possess the right certification (See Annex II).
However, 15,000 youths are proposed for training out of which PTDF is training 1,000. The department organised a one day Job creation fair with the aim of obtaining commitment from the private sector to offer employment to the teeming Niger Delta youths. At the Job Creation Fair, more than thirty (30) companies took part and exhibited their training curricula.

(xvi) Micro-Finance
The department established linkages with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to obtain the list of accredited and reliable Micro-Finance institutions in the One hundred and sixty eight (168) Micro-Finance Institutions with agreed operational guidelines, jointly worked out and establishes via a communiqué thus:
  • That the MFB's are ready to partner with the MNDA in order to assist the youths and women of the Niger Delta region.
  • That MFB's should work with the community development associations in the various wards to enhance to socio-economic growth of the rural setting of the region.
  • That the trained and skilled youths and women should be advised to access funds from the various MFB's in their communities.
  • That fund's should be sourced from various sectors and international organisations, Federal Government and private sectors and pass same through the MNDA to the MFB's at 2.5% interest rate.
  • That there should be effective and strict adherence to monitoring and evaluation for an efficient recovery.
To consolidate these efforts, two major banks, Afribank PLC and UBA PLC, have promised funding support for the empowerment process of youths and women in the Niger Delta region. The department, with the approval of the Honourable Minister further enagaged in consultation with other banks who were eager to partner with the Ministry namely:
  • Bank of Industry.
  • Access Bank.
  • Fidelity Bank.
  • Bank PHB.
  • Zenith Bank.
On the whole, there should be effective and strict adherence to monitoring and evaluation for the purpose of efficient utilization and load recovery.
A joint memo by the departments of Agriculture,. Commerce and Industry and Community Relations and Youth Development recommending the transfer of this activity (Micro-Finance) to the former has been forwarded to the Permanent Secretary.
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