Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


D.O. Arubayi


For any nation to be economically viable, the quality of skills possessed by its members will determine the success of the nation’s economy. The Niger Delta Region covers about 70,000 square kilometers and is noted for its peculiar and difficult terrain. The whole area is transversed and crisscrossed by a large number of rivulets streams, canals, and creeks. The people of the Niger Delta have continued to live with a lot of environmental problems from health hazards due to lack of safe water and available land. Despite the rich resources, the Niger Delta Region is characterized by the most crushing poverty level in the world. Woolen, (2003) stated that 70% of the youths in this region are on poverty line and that about two million youths are unemployed, while about 40% of the youths are illiterates.