The Niger Delta Basin Development Authority, (NDBDA), says it has engaged over 300 youths in agric programmes to reduce unemployment in Rivers and Bayelsa States in 2017.
The Managing Director of the authority, Engr. Tonye David-West,who disclosed this at a send-forth ceremony organised for 22 retirees of the authority in Port Harcourt, said his agency authority had during the year engaged over 180 youths for agricultural scheme in Afam, headquarters of Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He also said same number of youths was also engaged in other branches of the authority in the South-South zone of the country.
According to him, production of foods in South-South have increased geometrically following the substantial improvement of the various farms of the authority.
He said: “By the Grace of God, agriculture will soon compete with oil and gas in terms of employment generation, and internally generated revenue for the zone”.
On the retirees, the agency’s boss said four staff had retired in 2017, while 18 staff are due for retirement in 2018, after serving the authority for 35 years and compulsory retirement age of 60 years.
David-West, who said the retirees were honoured for hard work and diligence to duty, charged staff who are still in the employ of the agency s to emulate the good conducts of the retirees to promote the authority.
Highlighting some achievements of his administration, he said the authority has settled all outstanding salaries and arrears of both junior and senior staff promotion,