Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has inducted 745 beneficiaries of the 3rd Programme Cycle 2017/2018 of the Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme [STEP] and the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme [YAGEP] with a charge to them to be role models for youths in their communities.
The training and starter packs for the beneficiaries were funded by State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR), a World Bank project.
Speaking at the Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Asaba, Governor Okowa urged the inductees to show commitment, work hard, stay honest and patriotic as their success would spur other youths in the society to acquire entrepreneurial skills.
“I congratulate you on the successful completion of your training programme, you are privileged to be ambassadors of this programme, once you step out, the world look out for what you will become, and do with yourself, you should be an embodiment of the programme in character and deeds.
“As a government, I urge you to stay in the realisation that you stand out among youths as many will look up to you, you are a role model to other youths in the society, you have to put in a lot of commitment through hard work and honesty, stay patriotic to yourself and Delta State and you will succeed. Challenges will come but if you stay committed, you will be successful.”
While disclosing that the state government would soon embark on the 4th Programme Cycle, Senator Okowa charged beneficiaries of the programmes to help train other youths in their communities so as to improve their entrepreneurial skills and make them self- employed.
Okowa called on the private sector to partner with the state government and the beneficiaries on the growth of their various businesses and the empowerment of youths in our society.
Earlier in his introductory remarks, the state’s Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof. Eric Eboh said that the 3rdProgramme Cycle 2017/2018 has 745 beneficiaries including 30 persons with Disabilities and their training and starter packs were funded by State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR), a World Bank project.
Also in a welcome remarks, Chairman of the steering committee on job creation and Commissioner for finance, Dr. Kingsley Emu who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development, Chief Karo Ilolo disclosed that the 2017/2018 cycle of training is hinged on sustainability, mentorship and monitoring.
The induction ceremony was attended by the Speaker of Delta state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, traditional rulers including the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom HRM Oruhe 1; Pere of Akugbene-Mein Kingdom HRM Pere Luke Kalanama VIII and Obi of Ubulu-Unor HRM Kikachukwu as well as other top government functionaries.