Delta em­ploys 2,500 under youth em­pow­er­ment scheme

Trains 29 phys­i­cally chal­lenged per­sons

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS - From Hen­drix Oliomogbe, As­aba

DELTA state gov­ern­ment has em­pow­ered over 2,500 un­em­ployed youths and trans­formed them into own­ers of busi­nesses and em­ploy­ers of labour under its job cre­ation scheme.

The Sec­re­tary to the Delta State Gov­ern­ment, Mr. Fes­tus Ovie Agas, who dis­closed this in As­aba re­cently said that the ini­tia­tive was aimed at ful­fill­ing the fun­da­men­tal pol­icy thrust of Gover­nor Ifeanyi Okowa-led ad­min­is­tra­tion, which is an­chored on wealth cre­ation and pros­per­ity for the peo­ple.

Agas said the suc­cess of the schemes has at­tracted com­men­da­tions and sup­port of many na­tional and in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the World Bank, which be­came a co-spon­sor for the third-cy­cle of the pro­gramme.

He said: “The State Gov­ern­ment has re­dou­bled its ef­forts in en­gag­ing Deltans es­pe­cially the youths in mean­ing­ful ven­tures through var­i­ous skill ac­qui­si­tion pro­grammes such as the Youth Agri­cul­tural En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme (YAGEP) and Skills Train­ing and En­tre­pre­neur­ial Pro­gramme (STEP).” Mean­while, twenty-nine Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties (Pwds) have been in­cluded as trainees in the next batch of the Delta State Job Cre­ation Pro­gramme, Skills Train­ing and En­trepreneur­ship Pro­gramme (STEP).

The Com­mis­sioner for Women Af­fairs, So­cial and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Rev. Omat­sola Williams, who dis­closed this in As­aba, said the in­clu­sion of Pwds into the job cre­ation pro­gramme was in ful­fil­ment Gover­nor Ifeanyi Okowa’s prom­ise of pros­per­ity for the peo­ple. Mrs. Williams af­firmed that the ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme was to en­lighten the trainees to­wards the smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gramme so as to achieve the de­sired re­sults.

She pointed out that 51 Pwds ben­e­fit­ted in the 2016/2017 cy­cle, while an ad­di­tional 29 were to be trained in the 2017/2018 cy­cle as the sec­ond set, adding that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries were evenly se­lected from ev­ery lo­cal gov­ern­ment area across the state on clus­ter to clus­ter ba­sis.

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