To address the growing rate of youth unemployment and under-employment in the Niger Delta, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), will be scaling the Niger Delta Youth Employment Pathways (NDYEP) project in Abia, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers State to train young men and women to be sustainably employed in the following sectors; Agriculture, Construction, ICT, Renewable Energy, and Finished Leather.
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The NDYEP scale-up commenced March 24, 2022 with the grants signing held in Port Harcourt. All 12 old implementing partners approved for this phase implementation attended the signing event. The event was also attended by PIND’s Executive Director, Tunji Idowu, who signed all grant agreements on behalf of PIND and the project manager. Also, in attendance were the Director General of Port Harcourt Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture as well as the former NDYEP Project Lead and Coordinator. At the event, the projects’ implementing partner organizations were demanded of improved service delivery in the scale up phase to ensure youth participants make early transitions to jobs and entrepreneurship after vocational skills training. Emphasis was also placed on linkage with government parastatals, ministries and the private sector during implementation to create wider projects’ visibility and to encourage participation and adoption by various State governments. Representatives of implementing organizations assured of improved project results and outcome, especially given that the partnership with PIND in recent past has strengthened their capacity and experience in technical vocational skills training, entrepreneurship development and job linkage among the youth population. Three (3) of the 12 organizations (Kiara de Luke Academy, Ibiteinye Farms and The Footwear Academy) are women-led organizations.