Nigeria: Ogoni Clean-Up – 1,200 Women to Receive Entrepreneurial Skills

Michael Olugbode

One thousand, two hundred Ogoni women are to be trained in entrepreneurial skills in the ongoing Ogoniland Clean-up Project, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar has said.

The Minister made this disclosure while reeling out the achievements of the Federal Government in it’s efforts to clean-up Ogoni land of oil spillages and to boost it’s economy.

The Minister, who address a press briefing in Abuja, said: “The Project Coordination Office (PCO) proposed to train 1,200 Ogoni women in various entrepreneurial skills from the four LGAs of Ogoniland.

“The Agribusiness Skill Training and Empowerment Programme for 400 Ogoni women was initiated as an integral part of the front-end activities of the clean-up of Ogoni land.”

He said the primary objective is aimed at presenting sustainable agriculture and agribusiness as alternative sources of livelihood for women in the area.

Abubakar also disclosed that a tripartite capacity building partnership between the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN) trained 15 youths from the four local government areas of Ogoni land.

He noted that at the end of the three months intensive training, the trainees fabricated machines which were used in setting up a Cassava Processing/Fabrication Facility at Korokoro, Tai local government area and On 14th July 2020, the facility was commissioned.