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NDDC to partner with Bayelsa government, private firm in youth aquaculture training

Initiative Aims to Empower Youths and Boost Food Security in Niger Delta

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has announced plans to collaborate with the Bayelsa State Government and a private firm to train youths in aquaculture at the Bayelsa Aquaculture Village in Yenegwe, situated in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

During a visit to the aquaculture farm by NDDC Executive Director of Projects, Victor Antai, accompanied by other officials, including the NDDC Director of Agric and Fisheries, Mrs. Winifred Madume, and the Director of Procurement, Dr. Week Doodei, plans for the collaboration were discussed.

Speaking on the initiative, Antai emphasized the importance of integrating the aquaculture village into the NDDC’s Holistic Opportunities, Projects, and Engagement (HOPE) programme, which places a strong emphasis on agriculture.

“The Project HOPE initiative aims to provide employment opportunities for youths in the region, with agriculture as a central component,” stated Antai. “We have identified a significant interest in agriculture among the youths of the Niger Delta, and it is our goal to engage them in this sector to enhance food security in the region.”

The NDDC is committed to leveraging initiatives like the aquaculture training programme to empower youths and address food security challenges in the Niger Delta. By partnering with the Bayelsa State Government and private stakeholders, the commission aims to create sustainable opportunities for youth development and economic growth in the region.

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