By Festus Ahon
ASABA—GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, yesterday, commissioned the state Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship centre (leather works/shoe factory) with a training capacity of 4,000 youths annually in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.
Commissioning the project built in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Organisation, UNIDO, Uduaghan said the factory was a wealth creation venture with the potentials of creating job opportunities for youths.
Noting that the centre will train youths of the state annually in various skills, the governor said the State Micro-Credit Scheme, which began in 2007 was beginning to yield results.
He said the factory was part of effort towards the realisation of Delta Beyond Oil and in line with the state government’s peace, security and human capital development agenda to attract investors to the state.
Commending youths and leaders of Issele-Uku community for their cooperation during the building of the centre, Uduaghan said his administration had touched the lives of the young people at the lower segment of life. He expressed hope that the centre will be replicated in the other two senatorial districts in the state.
Earlier in her address, the state Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Dr Anthonia Achiedu, said apart from being a training centre, “It contains various industrial components from shoe making and leather works, palm wine brewery, bakery and confectioneries, flour processing, fruit juice processing, ethnic clothing (akwa-ocha) weaving, jewellery and millinery.”