-By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and ElohorFoghola:
Ofe Gift Edema is a beneficiary of the Delta State Government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP.) He hails from Warri North LGA. He is the CEO of Ofe Fish Enterprise. Ofe was trained and established in the 2018/2019 YAGEP cycle in Fish Production. He is currently an undergraduate in Political Science, though he enrolled as an SSCE holder. He tells his story after four years in business.
“I did not have a job before I got the opportunity to be trained and established in the program. In fact I enrolled as an SSCE holder. With the support I got from the government and my YAGEP business, I have been able to take care of my education, and to sustain my business. I am now an undergraduate.
“I have been able to give back to my community by training four persons for free and I have some part-time staff members that assist me whenever I need their services. Currently, I have a stock of 4,000 fish in each pond despite the hike in fish feed.
“YAGEP made me financially independent and self-sustaining. I no longer depend on people; I now support my family and others who come to me for help. I am grateful to the state government for the opportunity.”