NEWMAP Revs Up Digital Economy In Delta Community

A cross-section of NEWMAP Digital Skill and ICT trainees on a joyful mood after receiving their starter packs/certificate of participation during their graduation ceremony at Jesse Town, Delta State
Revving up the digital economy in rural communities was the focus of the Delta State Government and World Bank through the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).
To this end, certificates and digital starter packs were presented to not less than 30 youths of Jesse community in Ethiope West Local Government Area upon their graduation from the ICT proficiency and digital skills training programme.
At the closing ceremony, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Chairman, Technical Committee of Delta State NEWMAP, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji, said the initiative tallied with global trends of digitizing economies, stressing the importance of the exercise.
To the participants, Dr. Oseji, who was represented by the Director, Climate Change in the Ministry, Mr. Victor Efeturi, said the endeavour was also in line with the green growth pathway that encouraged the efficient use and management of natural assets in poverty reduction and improvement of livelihoods.
“The Delta State Government has played its part in bringing out counterpart funds as drivers of the NEWMAP project. Therefore, we thank Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his commitment to the whole NEWMAP programme for which you are beneficiaries today”, he said.
Remarking, the Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Area, Hon. (Pastor), Nelson Owoso, expressed excitement at the fruition of the NEWMAP empowerment intervention in the area, just as he instructed the beneficiaries to put their knowledge into practical use.
Accordingly, the State Project Coordinator of NEWMAP, Mr Isaac Ufiofio, said the intervention was geared to develop the human resources of the environment for meaningful and sustainable development.
While congratulating the beneficiaries, Ufiofio hoped that the NEWMAP empowerment intervention would have multiplier effects in the community, even as he charged the recipients not to rest on ttheir ears.
For the monarch of Idjerhe Kingdom, HRM Ovie Monday Arthur Whiskey, he challenged the beneficiaries to tap into their intellectual capabilities and market the community through ICT, while he assured them of his constant mentoring.
Others who spoke at the ceremony include the resource person, Mrs. Nimota Dekpe and some of the beneficiaries of the NEWMAP intervention, Mr. Emmanuel Ade and Regina Atsewe, who expressed gratitude to their benefactors and the state government.
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