By Festus Ahon, Ugehlli
AT LEAST150 graduands of the Ughelli relief camp skills acquisition centre were yesterday, presented with starter packs worth over N3m by the Delta State Government.
Wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Roli Uduaghan, while presenting the starter packs to the graduating participants during the ceremony, noted that the items were meant to encourage the displaced persons to set up their businesses as soon as they return to their communities. Advising the recipients to make judicious use of the items which included sewing machines, hair dryers, stoves, baking equipment, beadmaking items amongst others, she enjoined the flood victims to be dedicated to the service of God.
Initiator of the programme, Miss Stella Okotete, expressed appreciation to the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan for the steps he had so far taken to ameliorate the hardship of the flood victims.
According to her, 365 participants started the programme, adding that the others were screened out because they were secondary school students who took advantage of the opportunity given to them by the State Government to continue with their studies in the camp.
Okotete disclosed that the skills acquisition training started at Evwreni Girls Model School, adding that they had to move to the Ughelli camp after the flood took over the community.
She said the graduating participants were amongst those who took part in tailoring, hairdressing, catering, beadmaking amongst others.