Emu Extols World Bank, EU For Partnering Delta On Job Creatioon

BY ANDREW IKEHI
Former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Delta State, Dr. Kingsley Emu has commended the World Bank and European Union (EU) for partnering the state on job creation and poverty reduction through robust entrepreneurial skill acquisitions.
Emu gave the commendation yesterday in Asaba, the state capital during the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop on “Mentorship on money Management and Entrepreneurship Skills” for Beneficiaries of the public Works Intervention scheme of the World Bank and EU sponsored State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) Project in the state.
The former commissioner, while saying that the entrepreneurial skill drive for the 3,200 targeted beneficiaries of the World Bank, EU SEEFOR project in the state is in tandem with the SMART agenda of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa administration in the state, enjoined the beneficiaries to take entrepreneurship skill acquisition seriously as that, according to him, is one of the critical platforms for economic transformation and emancipation.
Meanwhile, The POINTER reports that the training workshop was a prelude to the payment of the compulsory savings for the beneficiaries who, at the commencement of their 12 months engagement with the state SEEFOR project, were told that certain percentage of their monthly stipends would be saved in any money commercial bank of their choice to guarantee easy take-off of trade soon after their disengagement, a year later.
Earlier at the workshop, the State Coordinator, SEEFOR project, Mr. Benson Ojoko while saying that the project has empowered over 4,000 Deltans since inception barely three years ago, explained that the entrepreneurial skill acquisition platform of the project is a deliberate effort aimed at entrenching sustainability and enhancing job creation.
“This meeting (Training workshop) today, is in fulfillment of the promise we made to you that we will help you to save certain percentage of your monthly stipends which we said will be given to you at the end of your engagement with us so that you could use it to venture into any trade of your choice.
“Again, we are doing this because, this programme (Entrepreneurship skill acquisition) is designed for the sustainability of the SEEFOR project in the state as it is principally geared towards employment generation and poverty reduction”, Ojoko said.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Finance, Mr. Reginald Bayoko, who was represented by the Director of Administration in the ministry, Mrs. Enamegwono Lucky Ekeke, admonished the beneficiaries to take entrepreneurial issues seriously in order to better their economic lives.