By Festus Ahon
Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has reeled out the achievements of his administration in job creation in what appears to be a scorecard of his administration’s youth empowerment programme in the last two years.
Speaking at the inaugural Products Exhibition and Business Fair by beneficiaries of the state government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, STEP and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme, YAGEP, the governor said that his administration has so far trained and established 2,324 previously unemployed youths in enterprises of their choice.
The beneficiaries, branded as STEPreneurs and YAGEPreneurs, were trained and established in various enterprises including but not limited to ICT, hair dressing and makeover, catering and confectionary, cosmetology, craft/home care products, decoration and event management, electrical installation and repairs, fashion design and tailoring, shoe making, upholstery, welding and fabrication and auto-mechanic.
The agricultural enterprises covered include aquaculture, poultry, crop production, agro-processing and piggery.
Declaring the event open, Okowa said that the young entrepreneurs were taken through a three-phase training that included an orientation course, vocational skills training and Entrepreneurship and Business Management.
Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, who toured the exhibition stands with Okowa expressed delight at the creativity and industry of the young exhibitors, who he said were set to add value to the economy of the state.