The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has emphasised the importance of youth engagement in the development of the Niger Delta region, rewarding the winner of the 2022 Niger Delta Talent Hunt, NIDETH, with a new car and a performance trip to Dubai.
Speaking at the finals of the talent hunt programme, held in Port Harcourt, the NDDC Interim Administrator, Dr Efiong Akwa, said it was designed to harness the talents of young people in the region and expose them to opportunities in the entertainment industry.
Akwa, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Technical Matters, Engr. Ubongabasi James, noted that the programme gave the youths an opportunity to showcase their talents.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer commended the efforts of the NIDETH organizing team, led by musician and songwriter, Harrison Tare Okiri, professionally known as Harrysong, for putting up a spectacular event.
In his welcome address, the NDDC Director Youth and Sports, Mr. Offiong Ephraim, said that the Commission placed a lot of premium on regular engagements with youths of the Niger Delta region.
He noted: “The Niger Delta Talent Hunt is a youth development programme aimed at harnessing the entertainment potentials of the Niger Delta youths. Talented youths from the nine Niger Delta States participated in the preliminary stages which took place in Edo, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states.”
Ephraim remarked that NIDETH was envisioned to discover and develop the inherent talents of the Niger Delta youths, stating: “The project aims at building the capacity of the Niger Delta youths for wealth creation through entertainment. The ten finalists have demonstrated world class talents.”
He commended the youths who made it to the final stage, congratulating them for their “thrilling skill development journey.”
The competition was won by Elvis Lunar, a singer from Rivers State, while Miss Honest Amasomawei, a comedian, took the second position and Miss Precious Ogiesoba, another singer, came in third.
The winner was rewarded with a new car, a performance trip to Dubai, the runner up went home with two-million-naira prize, while the second runner up went home with a cash prize of one million naira.
Photo: The NDDC Director Youth and Sports, Mr. Offiong Ephraim, (middle) presenting first prize to the winner of the 2022 Niger Delta Talent Hunt, NIDETH, by Elvis Lunar, (2nd right) assisted by Ag. Director Planning Research &Statistics, Mr Dave Okarevo (1st left) and Director Human Resources, Dr Alazigha W. First right is the Special Adviser on Youths to the NDDC Interim Administrator, Engr. Udengs Eradiri.