By Festus Ahon
ASABA—CHAIRMAN of Elumelu Foundation, Mr Tony Elumelu, yesterday donated N500 million to Delta State Government for its youth empowerment and skills acquisition training programme.
Announcing the donation on behalf of his conglomerate when he led other members and some beneficiaries of the foundation on a courtesy visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Asaba, Elumelu expressed the readiness of the foundation to partner the state government in its skills acquisition training and youths empowerment programme.
He said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has impacted a lot on the lives of the people both in terms of provision of infrastructure and encouraging the jobless to be wealth creators through different skill acquisition and entrepreneurship programmes of the administration within three years of being in office.
Elumelu said; “This is home coming for me, I want to thank the Governor for everything he is doing in our state. There is a lot of improvement and we have seen a lot of projects. We are happy that within these few years, you have programmes where the beneficiaries have become employers of labour. We are going to create specific programme in Delta State and we are committing the sum of N500 million to the programme. The money will be from the Foundation, the UBA group, Heirs Holdings, Transcorp, among others.”
In his remarks, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa noted that Mr Tony Elumelu had empowered a lot of Africans through his foundation and commended him for impacting positively on the lives of the youths.
Saying his administration had created a lot of entrepreneurs through different skill acquisition and empowerment programmes, Okowa stressed the need for vocational training to be included in the country’s education curriculum.
The governor said: “We must be looking seriously at technical education to enable our children acquire relevant skills, as a government, we are changing the narrative when it comes to empowerment programmes, empowerment in our state has gone beyond just buying items for the people, but requires equipping the people with relevant skills that will enable them contribute to the growth of the society.”