Empowering The Niger Delta: Project H.O.P.E. Sets Sail
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Sunday, 22nd October 2023 convened the pre-selected and invited participants for the Project H.O.P.E. Supervisors and Collation Officers training, which is scheduled to take place from Monday to Wednesday, to bring about positive change throughout the region.
According to a press release on Sunday signed by the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, said that Project H.O.P.E, an acronym for Holistic Opportunity Projects of Engagement, stands as a testament to the NDDC’s commitment to comprehensive community development.
“Its primary objective is to create an extensive database encompassing all Niger Delta youths, women, and entrepreneurs with genuine needs and aspirations that align with NDDC programs and interventions. This approach ensures that opportunities are extended directly to those in need, bypassing the influence of politicians who might nominate undeserving individuals, Ughakpoteni said.
The statement read, “The initiative also strives to generate 1,000 jobs per state through strategic partnerships and skill development programs. Collaborations with various organizations and institutions in fields such as agriculture, ICT, renewable energy, fashion, and arts and crafts are in place to provide training and mentorship to the Niger Delta’s young talents.
“Over the forthcoming days, participants would immerse themselves in intensive training sessions designed to impart knowledge about project management, community engagement, and effective data collection. They were not mere recipients of knowledge; they were becoming agents of change within their respective communities.
“These training sessions, spanning from Monday to Wednesday, are not merely skill transfers but incubators of dreams and birthplaces of possibilities. Each day would draw participants closer to becoming ambassadors of hope within their communities.
“As the week unfolds, a palpable sense of transformation would permeate the atmosphere. The Project H.O.P.E. Supervisors and Collation Officers would stand prepared to embark on their respective missions, equipped with knowledge, determination, and an unwavering commitment to improving the Niger Delta.
“This leg of the Project H.O.P.E. journey officially commenced on Monday and would continue through Wednesday. It promised to be a remarkable journey, one that would redefine the Niger Delta from a region marked by challenges to a region fueled by hope, resilience, and a collective determination to thrive. As the sun set on Sunday, it cast a warm, hopeful glow over the hearts of all who had gathered to witness the registration and the dawn of a new era in the Niger Delta.