The Governor of Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa says his administration’s determination is to empower youths with skills to build a stronger Delta.
Okowa said that his administration remained committed to make sure they empower more youths and women in the state in this year 2021.
He stated this recently at the official handing out of Starter-Packs to 2019/2020 Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) beneficiaries at Asaba.
He said his administration recognized the importance of empowering the youths as leaders of tomorrow and will continue to ensure that no stone is unturned in that direction.
“When I said my administration is bringing prosperity for all Deltans and now building for a Stronger Delta, I believe that those who doubted us at the beginning will now have a rethink.
“In the last weeks we have been able to put together our youths for empowerment programmes under the covid-19 protocols.
“Just a few days ago, 460 women were empowered on the WESAP under the Ministry of Women Affairs.
“The RYSA Programme was also held a few weeks ago with training ongoing. The GEST pogramme also started three months ago and I have been told many of them will be graduating this month end.
“We are reaching out to a lot of people and I am takin this opportunity to list these programmes so that Deltans will be aware of what we are doing.
“My administration do realise the importance of our youths in the society, a lot of them have sound mind but they don’t have the opportunity and it looks like they are lazy, but I know that we don’t have lazy youths in Delta State.
“From the reports available to me, I am encouraged by the passion and commitment of our youths to the success of their enterprises.
“The reports are encouraging and as you graduate today and receive your starter packs and shop rent support, I urge you all to stay committed and passionate about your dreams.
Challenges will come along the line because life is not all about bed of roses but if you stay faithful to God you will truly succeed,” he said.
He challenged the job Creation Office to continue in engaging the beneficiaries with a view to helping them succeed in their carious enterprises.
In his welcome address, the Chief job and Wealth Creation Officer Professor Eric Eboh said the job creation strategy in the state was yet another landmark step of the gov’s drive to productively engage, economically empower and transform the youths of Delta State from job seeker to job creators.
He said the 2019/2020 programme cycle covered 814 youths comprising 569 under STEP, 245 under YAGEP AND 25 persons with disabilities (PwDs).
He added that 85 unempowered graduates also benefited from the job readiness capacity building activities under the Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP).