By Festus Ahon
Training: ASABA—AS part of his efforts to meaningfully engage the unemployed, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has flagged off the 2016 Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, STEP, Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme, YAGEP, and Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme, GEEP for the training of youths in their areas of interests.
Speaking during the ceremony at Songhai-Delta, Okowa, said that entrepreneurship was the way out of the unemployment challenges facing the country, lamenting that getting jobs in government organisations was becoming very difficult based on the high number of graduates chasing the few opportunities available.
“The way out is for people to acquire skills, empowered to be self sufficient and become employers of labour. We are training you to become job creators that we need in Delta State. You are here to improve on your lives and be in a position to be employers of labour.
“I believe that you are going to step into a greater future. I want to see you as better Deltans, Deltans who will say, I have been able to create jobs for my self and jobs for others.
“I have visited some farms and I have seen the enthusiasm from those who graduated from these programmes. If you want to succeed, you must be passionate about what you are doing,” he said, assuring Deltans that the programmes would be continuous.