2,324 Unemployed Delta Youths Now Employers Of Labour —Okowa

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has disclosed
that the state government’s
skills and vocational programmes of job creation have made 2,324 previously unemployed youths in the state employers of labour.
He made the disclosure recently
in Asaba in his address at an exhibition held to showcase the products and services of youths and women in the state who are beneficiaries of the programme.
Okowa said the wealth creation
programme of his administration,
the Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, (STEP) and Youth Agriculture Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) are designed to secure a better future for Deltans.
“The job and wealth creation programme and activities of our government are designed to tackle the problem of unemployment
in the state and measure
the growth of micro, small and medium scale enterprises.
“Globally, it is established that certain economic sectors and activities hold the highest potentials for job and wealth creation for our economy.
“These are Agriculture, Agric businesses, Agro-based industries,
cottage enterprises, vocational
skills-based micro enterprises
and small and medium scale enterprises. Others are public works such as environment
sanitation, housing and road construction,” he said.
The governor noted that the state government spending on these job creation sectors generates
very high rate of returns for the economy.
“In fact, interventions and programmes in these sectors and activities are generally cost effective and go a long to reduce youth unemployment and poverty.
They also help in ensuring social inclusion, positive economic
growth and sustainable development.”
Okowa said his administration’s
flagship Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, (STEP) and Youth Agriculture Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Delta have achieved what many felt was unthinkable.
According to him, after two cycles of the programme, a total
of 2,324 previously unemployed
youths of the state are now small business owners and employers of labour.
The governor further stated
that these young men and women who are beneficiaries of the programme, are trained and established in various enterprises,
which include, ICT and Hairdressing.
He listed other areas of their skill training to include, Decorations
and Event Management, Make-Over, Catering and Confectionary
Cosmetology, Craft and Home Care products.
Others also include, Electrical
Installations and Repairs, Fashion Design and Tailoring, Shoe Making, Welding and Fabrication
etc. On the agricultural enterprises of the programme, Okowa listed Aqua Culture, Poultry, Crop Production, Agro Processing and Piggery as areas
where the beneficiaries received
training.
Okowa said: “At least 450 of these small business owners have come here today to show Nigeria and the world what they have been able to do with their hands since they were set up by the state government.
“For many of them, the journey
began 15 months ago when they completed their training programme and were handed over their Starter Packs.
“Some of them commenced their businesses for as short as six to nine months ago. Indeed, theirs is a remarkable story of industry, diligence and determination
to succeed.”
The governor said the state government would continue to provide support and guidance to the beneficiaries to enable them realise their goals and provide opportunity for many others.
In a goodwill message, Governor
Aminu Tambuwal lauded Okowa for his commitment to creating job and wealth for the people of the state through the STEP and YAGEP programmes of the his administration.
He described the exhibition and success stories of the beneficiaries
as a laudable achievement
of the Okowa administration,
and enjoined him to sustain the programme for the betterment of the people of the state.