The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said it has planned a brand new car, performance trip to Dubai, internship offers and other prizes for potential winners of its new talent hunt.
The logo and procedures for participating in the Niger Delta Talent Hunt (NIDETH), aimed at discovering creative young people in the Niger Delta, were unveiled in Port Harcourt last Monday by the Acting Administrator of the NDDC, Dr. Efiong Akwa; and senior consultant, Harry Song.
Speaking at the event, Song, a popular songwriter, instrumentalist and producer, said the hunt was designed to uncover young talents from the Niger Delta in the fields of music, comedy and acting. dance.
Song said, “The live auditions will be held in Benin, Edo State on August 6; Yenegoa, Bayelsa State on August 13, and Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on August 20, while the Grand Finals will be held in Port Harcourt on September 1.
“Interested participants should visit the NIDETH website and register with their one-minute video to participate in the live audition.
“The winner of the Niger Delta Talent Hunt has a chance to win a brand new car, a performance trip to Dubai with Harry Song, an internship contract and other consolation prizes. Other participants will also have the chance to win a wide variety of consolation prizes.
In his remarks, Special Adviser on Youth to Acting NDDC Administrator Udengs Eradiri said the commission was enthusiastic about the programme.
Describing it as a rare opportunity, Eradiri urged young people in the nine states of the region to take advantage of it to pitch their tents in the creative industry.
He said the NDDC under Akwa has been repositioned to roll out empowerment programs and create opportunities for youth in the region.
“We are not lacking in talent in the Niger Delta. Young people are simply looking for opportunities to showcase their talents and the NDDC, under the leadership of Dr. Effiong Akwa, is determined to create those opportunities. There is no doubt that this hunt for Niger Delta talent will produce superstars in the creative industry”.
Meanwhile, the federal government has ordered the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to resume the commission’s scholarship program suspended a few years ago.
Niger Delta Affairs Minister Umana Umana gave the directive during a two-day retreat for senior staff of the NDDC and the Niger Delta Ministry, which ended in Abuja, this weekend .
A ministry official, who spoke with confidence, said Umana vehemently opposed suggestions to scrap the program and insisted it would be maintained, expanded and revised to eliminate all forms of corruption in the system.
The source said Umana wanted a scholarship program that would be home-based with a particular focus on Nigerian universities.
“The idea is to keep the program and make it home-based instead of the usual practice of sending beneficiaries abroad to take courses offered at Nigerian universities.
“Foreign scholarship programs will not be completely abolished. But it will be devalued. Niger Delta students will no longer be sent abroad to take courses offered at Nigerian universities.
“The commission can only sponsor interested scholars abroad to study only special courses not found in our universities. Therefore, Umana ordered the commission to review and revive the scholarship program.
The source said other far-reaching decisions were taken during the retreat to reposition the NDDC in line with the recommendations of the forensic audit report.
He said it was decided that NDDC would now streamline its projects against the current practice of awarding many jobs in one fiscal year.
“Going forward, the NDDC will work closely with the National Assembly to ensure the streamlining of projects. Completed projects will be inaugurated and the commission will also stop issuing emergency contracts,” he said.
He said there was also hope for the contractors, who had completed their work but had yet to receive their money as it was decided the commission should focus on clearing its debts.
The source said: “It was also agreed that the NDDC should cancel all the projects that had been awarded, but the contractors refused to mobilize at their sites. The money for such projects will now be used to complete other abandoned projects.
“The forensic audit report is implemented in phases. The area that concerned the National Assembly had been referred to the legislators. The areas that concern the anti-corruption agency have also been sent to them.
“A personnel audit has also been ordered to ensure the proper placement of workers and the retirement of administrators who are due to retire. Niger Delta stakeholders should expect a new NDDC that meets their aspirations under the current minister,” he said.
By: Akujobi Amadi