Niger Delta Youth Peace Builders, Backs NDDC Call For Expansion Of LIFE-ND Program, Commends Its Flood Relief Fund

 

The Niger Delta Youth Peace Builders, a youth organization under the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has supported the call by the NDDC for the expansion of the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Program in the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND), describing it as a welcome development.

The President of the Niger Delta Youth Peace Builders,Comr Emmanuel Chibuike in an interaction with Newsmen, said the expansion of the program would create more impacts among rural dwellers who are majorly farmers.

Comr Emmanuel Chibuike, President Niger Delta Youth Peace Builders

Comr Chibuike who described the Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Engr Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua, as a round peg in a round hole,urged him to use his good office to ensure that the LIFE-ND program which is designed to engage youths and women in productive activities relating to commercial Agriculture is thoroughly implemented and spread out to reach the grassroots and the indigenous farmers of the Niger Delta region, where the impact would greatly be felt.

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“In the past, such opportunities become an avenue for those in charge to fill in their family members and cronies, thereby denying those who the program was actually provided for by the scope and objective of the project”.

He further solicited for the opportunity to get to those it was designed for.

The President of the Niger Delta Youth Peace Builders, however, revealed that the program is being undertaken by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Furthermore, the youth Leader applauded the NDDC for living up to their interventionist status and fulfilling her mandate of stabilizing the Niger Delta region, through their current move to provide flood relief fund to the nine states under the commission.

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Recall that the Niger Delta states were submerged by floods, destroying the sources of livelihood of affected communities and leaving the residents in untold hardship.

The flood relief fund by the NDDC to the nine Niger Delta states and NDDC staff whose welfare and commitment are key to the success of the NDDC,would go a long way to alleviate the hardship of the flood victims.

Again, Comr Chibuike called on the Acting MD to ensure the even distribution of the fund to the actual victims of the gory flood disaster which has left the people in hunger and penury,with no exception to the states that were affected.

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Meanwhile,Comr Chibuike appreciated the NDDC boss for including the staff of the commission who were both directly and indirectly affected by the menace of the flood as beneficiaries of the fund.