Young people all over the world are a vital and important segment of the society in which they live in. A disciplined, focused, and law-abiding youth can create a bright future for any nation. Conversely, a lawless, indulgent, and violent youth is a great threat to a nation’s peace and security.
Youth restiveness in Nigeria has been a prominent issue in recent times. There has been an increase in the occurrence of acts of violence and lawlessness, including things like hostage-taking of prominent citizens and expatriate oil workers, as well as oil bunkering, arms insurgence, cultism, etc., especially in the Niger Delta region.
Youths are the foundation of a society. Their energies, inventiveness, character and orientation define the pace of development and security of a nation. Through their creative talents and labour power, a nation makes giant strides in economic development and socio-political attainments.
And this is why Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) a Nigerian non-profit organization established in 2010 by Chevron Corporation to promote equitable economic development and peace through partnerships in the Niger Delta has sought to contribute immensely to the development of youths in the Niger Delta Region.
In 2017, with support from Ford Foundation, PIND initiated the first phase of the Niger Delta Youth Employment Pathways (NDYEP) Project to actively reach out to youths in three states naming Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia States. On a target at training 1,000 youth, over 1,400 completed technical and soft skills training and this included youth who had no prior livelihood skills.
In a bid to curb the ever increasing rate of youth unemployment and under-employment in the Niger Delta, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), will be training additional 2, 000 young men and women to be sustainably employed in the Agricultural and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Building Construction sectors.
It is often times difficult in the business world to navigate through the harsh and demanding conditions especially as a young entrepreneur. Access to finance both as investment or capital, business advisory services, market linkages undoubtedly aid growth and expansion for young entrepreneurs. It is on this saddling responsibility that NDYEP built a robust infrastructure for post-training that supports young entrepreneurs through post-training benefits.
PIND is implementing the NDYEP project through a number of implementing partners. In this second phase of the NDYEP project, PIND has provided three categories of small grants to sixteen eligible partner organizations for innovative, demand-led youth training and support for equipping 2, 000 youth trainees with relevant skills for work and job creation in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States of the Niger Delta.
The NDYEP granted an award and signing ceremony which took place on October 2, 2019, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The grantees will implement technical, business and employability skills trainings that demonstrate actual potential for job readiness.For young entrepreneurs starting aquaculture value added services and fish production business, the Jumpstarting Youth Aquaculture Enterprise grant is
- Giving support by providing access to trainings on best practices and technologies.
- The Bright Future Grant for the ICT sector is aimed at strengthening the ICT ecosystem and providing youth with training in market-relevant skills that will enable them obtain jobs in ICT and related sectors.
- The Building Skills for Construction grant aims to support initiatives for professional development in the housing construction sector, that provide youth with practical technical skills in trades such as masonry, tiling, plumbing, electrical, ceiling and wall finishing, (and related soft skills) that are currently most in demand by construction sector employers.
To keep up with the recent strides in the Niger Delta region through PIND, visit https://pindfoundation.org/