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Rotary battles unemployment in Delta

*Trains 10 youths on entrepreneurship skills

By Daniel Gumm

WARRI—AS part of efforts to tackle the growing youth unemployment and encourage diversification from over-dependence on crude oil and gas, the Rotary Club of Warri, District 9140, has trained 10 Delta State youths in cinematography, fashion design, catering services and hair dressing.

Nine graduands out of the 10 that participated in the seven-month training under the Youths Entrepreneurship Skill Programme for 2015/2016 Rotary Year, were presented with items such as video cameras, tripod stands, oven and gas cookers, shelving dishes, sewing and weaving machines, blenders and several other valuable starter-packs running into several millions of naira at a ceremony in Warri, in line with the Delta State Government’s S.M.A.R.T. agenda.

In their keynote remarks shortly before the presentation of the starter-packs to the nine graduands, the District Governor of Rotary 9140, Ijeoma Okoro, represented by the Assistant Governor, Blackwell Idiahi, Senior Special Assistant to Delta State Governor on Special Duties as well as President of Rotary Club of Warri, District 9140, Rotarian Griftson Omatsuli, noted that beneficiaries of the programme will be monitored to ensure that the aim which is geared towards strategic wealth and job creation was achieved.

Enjoining the graduands, who are females not to sell the starter-packs, they emphasised the need for them to put the knowledge/skill gained to good use with a view to becoming largely successful entrepreneurs.

Third President of Rotary Club of Warri, Rotarian Isaac Jemide, challenged Rotarians to work towards increase in their membership, both in quality and quantity, just as the Vice President of Rotary Club of Warri, Rotarian Akatakpo Jonathan, said that the next regular immunisation programme against polio by Rotary Club of Warri will take place next month.

Responding on behalf of the graduands, Miss Loveth Etsano, who underwent training in cinematography, thanked Rotary Club of Warri for the privilege and promised that they will put the knowledge to good use.


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