By Berez Brisibe
UGHELLI – THE Delta state government yesterday said it received over 60, 000 applications from youths across the state in the first phase of the Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, STEP and the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme, YAGEP.
Making the disclosure during a courtesy visit to the management of NECONDE Nig. Ltd., Special Assistant to Delta state governor on Youth and Community Development, Mr. Eric Omare urged multinational oil companies operating in the state to key into the state government’s job and wealth creation programme as part of their corporate social responsibility to their host communities.
He explained that owing to the limited resources of the government, it cannot accommodate even up to 50% of individuals willing to participate in its skills and agricultural training programme, hence there is need for companies to assist in job creation to accommodate graduands of the programme.
Speaking further, Omare said: “It is pertinent for companies to model their youth engagement programmes after the state government’s youth training programmes which is aimed at making youths entrepreneurs and gainfully employed.”
On his part, Chief Operating Officer of NECONDE, Mr. Oriseh Agbarah while thanking Omare for the visit, stated that the company is in the process of localising its Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, to ensure smooth operation in its host communities.