Abuja - The Rivers State Government welcomed the US$ 600 000 (N96 million) grant the United States government would donate to the region.
The funds will be allocated to the State Government and the State University of Science and Technology (RSUST).
Women are mostly poised to benefit from the three-year capacity building grant which is titled “Mississippi Delta to the Niger Delta: Strengthening Teaching and Extension Capacity at UAPB to Enhance International Programming in a Changing and Dynamic Local, Regional and Global Context.”
Rivers State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Joeba West, hailed the fund.
“My interest is to ensure that women in the state benefit immensely from this collaboration. One of the reasons the Ministry of Women Affairs is involved in this collaboration is because they know that women are the core group that needs assistance so they are able to fend for themselves”.
She said, “If 60 percent of our women are empowered in agro-based entrepreneurial skills, they would be self-reliant, even if it means putting the farms up behind their houses.”
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Owunwene Wonodi, said that the grant would be used by the working groups, which include, RSUST, Ministry of Youth Development, Ministry of Women Affairs, Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, Development Leadership Initiative (a local partner) and WetHands International in Senegal (a foreign partner), which has same terrain as Rivers State and Mississippi.
Wonodi said, "The programme is to increase human capacity development in agriculture. The first phase is the fact-finding exercise while the second phase would be the release of the fund. Before the release of the fund, we need to reciprocate the visit and see all they have told us for ourselves.”
- CAJ News