Livelihood Programme

HYPREP has the mandate to provide alternative livelihood for people in Ogoniland whose sources of income have been adversely affected by oil spills.

Vocational training for 5000 Ogoni people

Upon completion of the analysis of the needs assessment, training commenced in October 2023 in the Twenty (20) different vocational skill sets. The training facilities are in Port Harcourt, Eleme and Bori. Hands-on exercises at the various facilities have continued to be monitored by respective units in HYPREP as well as SPDC and UNEP. Monthly transport and feeding allowances are being paid to beneficiaries all through their training duration. Upon completion of training, start up packs would be provided for skills requiring individual start up…

Business Intervention Support Fund

Through a Needs Assessment exercise, businesses were identified for transparency and inclusiveness. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from over One Hundred communities underwent Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, verification, and assessment to identify challenges and support needs. Selected business owners were trained in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center to enhance their capacities. The Business Intervention Support Fund aims to promote local economic growth by assisting small businesses. The expectation is for beneficiaries to become dependable entrepreneurs, driving community development through job creation, innovation, and the enrichment of Ogoniland’s unique character.

Mangrove Transplanting and Revegetation

As the remediation processes progress into revegetation of remediated lands, the Project Coordination Office thought it wise to train Ogoni youths as mangrove vanguards for the next phase of the remediation project. A mangrove consultant, Prof. Tanee Franklin was engaged for a three (3) month intensive mangrove revegetation training. Upon completion of the theory, trainees proceeded to Bomu creek to establish their own mangrove nurseries. The training was so successful that trainees were employing assistants to manage their vast nursery beds.

Commencement of Aviation Trainings

Following the application and shortlisting of qualified applicants for trainings in the aviation industry; the Project Coordination Office engaged Cabin Training Institute (CTI) to carry out the selection of One Hundred (100) trainees, twenty-five (25) persons per LGA. The screening was a three-day event and covered the following: Written test on Nov 8th at Suanu Finimale Hall Bori, Oral Interview on Nov 9th at Suanu Finimale Hall Bori and Swimming test at Sports complex swimming pool, University of Port Harcourt.The first batch trainees numbering Fifteen (15) anD second batch trainees numbering Fourteen (14) totals Twenty-nine (29) Ogonis have been trained in the cabin crew so far.

Environmental Club Quiz Competition

The Project Coordination Office initiated environmental clubs in Twelve schools across Ogoniland, with Three schools per Local Government Area (LGA). These clubs aim to educate students about HYPREP activities and environmental issues, fostering social skills and informed decision-making. Experts from HYPREP’s thematic areas regularly engage in interactive sessions with students. To assess their understanding, a quiz competition was organized. Participating schools include Community Secondary School, Bori, Comprehensive Secondary School, Ken-Poly Bori, Birabi Memorial Grammar School, and others across Khana, Gokana, Tai, and Eleme LGAs.

Agri-Business and entrepreneurial Skills Training

Four hundred women were trained in agri-business and entrepreneurial skills at the Songhai Farms, Bunu, Tai Local Government Area and on a larger scale, the project is training more women and youths some of whom were former artisanal refiners. The women trained at the Songhai Farms have already been organized into Cooperative Societies and are operating their farms.

Cassava Processing Training

There was the initial training of some Ogoni youths in the fabrication and use of cassava processing machines at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA Onne. For sustainability of the programme, a cassava processing factory was set up in Korokoro Community in Tai Local Government Area and the trained youths registered as a Cooperative group.
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