Towards finding a lasting solution to the incessant cases of youths restiveness and militancy in the constantly troubled Niger Delta region, the governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, in collaboration with the Niger Delta Development Commission, have announced the offer of sponsorships to 370 youths from the region.
Also, as part of their youth empowerment and economic rejuvenation agenda for young people of the Niger Delta region, the managing director of the (NDDC), Mr. Chibuzor Ugwoha, has equally endorsed and supported the laudable initiative, which is already being applauded by several indigenes.
Amazingly, the 370 lucky candidates drawn from all the South_South states are to be trained by the worldâ€™s leading film school, New York Film Academy (NYFA). Interestingly, they will be making a landmark visit to Nigeria in February 2010, for an intensive training programme, in Abuja and Lagos. The academyâ€™s historic training visit to Nigeria will be its first to Africa, organized and powered by Del_York International, a Nigerian_based advocacy and capacity_building company, the coming visit promises to be memorable and all encompassing.
Elaborating more on the visit as well as the training for the lucky candidates, Mr. Linus Idahosa, the MD/CEO, Del_York international, explained that the Rivers State/NDDC sponsored initiative was a special privilege for Niger_Deltans to immediately join the growing number of registered candidates sponsored by other institutions and states across the country. He posited that it would also help them acquire practical and competitive skills on various aspects of film making and digital communications from world_class masters.
The course will include hands_on training with cutting edge film_making equipment that will be flown in from the US.
For the Amaechi_led administration, the training forms part of its commitment to curbing the menace of unemployment by empowering young people with functional skills that will make them economically self_reliant and able to contribute to the developmental aspirations of the region,â€ Idahosa maintained.
Meanwhile, top actress Stephanie Okereke, who is also an Executive Director with Del_York international, has urged all those interested in applying for the programme to visit any Zenith Bank branch and pick_up their registration forms.