FG’ll Continue To Empower Niger Delta Youths – Minister

niger_delta militantsThe Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Stephen Oru, in Abuja on Tuesday reiterated the ministry’s commitment to empower youths in the Niger Delta region.

Oru spoke in an interview with The News Agency of Nigeria, explaining that the training of the youth was a continuous exercise designed to create employment for non-militant young persons.

He said that the ministry had evolved a system, called iTrens, to fully empower youths.

Oru said, “iTrens involves five steps, namely Identify, Train and Engage Scheme, Agricultural Youth Empowerment Programme.

“Others are: Training of Seafarers in South Africa (International Component), Training in Watch keep and Sea time for former Marine trainees and Peace building activities in six states”.

The minister said that iTrens would focus on the identification and selection of youth interested in taking a career in the Information communication Technology sector.

He said such youth would be trained in the basic processes of assembling tablet computers and mobile phones.

Oru said, “On completion of the training, the trainees who demonstrate proficiency will be engaged and employed by the company.

“Each trainee will be trained in health and safety in the workplace, manual handling and lift operations, time management and teamwork/team building.

“They will also receive training in short introduction to business and entrepreneurship as well as the working and mechanics of computers.

“The trainees will also be exposed to overview of the assembly processes and for most part of the training, practical demonstrations on how to assemble tablet computers and mobile phones”, he said