By Lucky Oji
Determined to boost the stateâ€™s economy, the Delta State Government has declared its intention to empower more youths in the state.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, who stated this at the Delta Micro Credit Programmeâ€™s Youth Convention, said the move is also part of the administrationâ€™s effort to diversify the stateâ€™s economy from being oil-driven to agro-based industry.
According to him: â€œOur commitment to Delta State, without oil is total. We shall encourage more youths to take to agriculture and agro-based industry. Thatâ€™s why we have budgeted more funds for Micro Credit this yearâ€™â€™. The Governor used the success story of the repackaged Akanon Plantain Flour and shoes made in Delta State to appeal to about 3,000 youths present at the occasion to key into the Delta State Micro Credit Programme.
The Executive Assistant to the Governor on Micro Credit, Dr. Antonia Ashiedu, described the youth convention as Annual General Meeting of the Delta State Micro Credit Programme. She said the ultimate objective of the event is to equip the youths to become employers of labour.
Her words: â€œIt is also a train the trainers seminar. Ultimately, our goal is that, those whose capacity have been built today, will go back home and organize themselves and other youths in their communities to enable them benefit from Micro Credit Programmeâ€™â€™.