Niger Delta youths get agricultural empowerment

Chioma Eche, Abuja     


The National Board for Technology Incubation, NBTI, an Agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in Nigeria, has signed a memorandum of understanding, MOU, with the Office of the Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme on the Niger Delta Region to improve the quality and certification of agricultural and other products of its beneficiaries trained and empowered in the agric and allied sector.

At the signing ceremony of the MOU, in Abuja, the nation’s capital, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Bitrus Nabasu, said that the partnership would add value to the beneficiaries of the Niger-Delta Amnesty Programme.

Mr. Nabasu, commended the Presidential Amnesty Programme for restoring peace in the Niger Delta region, saying that the present peace being enjoyed in the region was due to the Amnesty programme.

In his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Special Adviser/Coordinator Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme   Dr. Monima Alabraba applauded the National Board for Technology Incubation for making its incubation centres available for the beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme.

”On behalf of the management of my office, let me express our sincere gratitude to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and the Management of the National Board for Technology Incubation for accepting to collaborate with my office  to ensure that the Amnesty Delegates trained and empowered on food and cosmetic products register their products with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC” he said.  

“The use of the incubation centres by Delegates is of immense support as it will aid the Delegates in improving their expertise in their various areas of specialization” he added.

Dr. Alabraba further said that the partnership would go a long way of improving their expertise in their various areas of specialisation.

He added that the legal Department of both Organisations together with National Board for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, had worked hard to come up with the MOU that will be of great benefits to all Amnesty beneficiaries.

Earlier, the Director-General of NBTI Dr. Mohammed Jubril, said that the Community Incubation Programme is aim at impacting knowledge of the technologies based on the raw materials available within the domain of the beneficiaries.

“Our collaboration with the Presidential Amnesty Programme is to enhance the potentials around the Niger Delta States and as well as the need to empower the youths so that they can be gainfully employed, not only to be employed as a sake of survival but employed for the sake of becoming future employers”   

“At the end of the day this partnership would also enable the both agencies to benefit,  NBIT for the fact that we are going to use this opportunities to source for additional  technologies within the Niger-Delta area so that we can convert them into knowledge driven and sustainable enterprises in such a way that the trainee will in future become key players in the resource  economy while the Niger Delta Amnesty Office will benefit in ensuring that the beneficiaries reach the establishment of becoming beneficiaries of  NBIT community incubation programme”    

The Partnership is expected to train and Empower Amnesty beneficiaries trained and empowered in the agricultural sector to produce their products for the purpose of obtaining NAFDAC registration numbers.

The National Board for Technology Incubation in Nigeria has provided the Amnesty programme with 23 technology incubation centres for cluster manufacturing by beneficiaries.

These 23 NBTI technology incubation centres approved for the Amnesty Programme to be used by the beneficiaries are located in Edo, Abia, Imo, Ondo, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Delta States.

Aside the MOU with the NBTI, the Amnesty Programme Small Business Support Desk is to ensure that all graduates of Amnesty Programme vocational training centres trained on production of NAFDAC regulated products are registered for safety, efficacy, distribution and sale of their products.