We have taken 4, 255 Deltans out of poverty in 5yrs
Delta State chief job and wealth creation officer, Prof. Eric Eboh, said the state government has taken 4, 255 unemployed youths in the state out of poverty by making them business owners under the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme, YAGEP, and Skills Training Entrepreneurship Programme, STEP.
Eboh at the orientation workshop for 2019/2020 STEP trainees at Ughelli, disclosed that at the end of the 2019 exercise, an extra 850 youths drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state would have acquired skills to become entrepreneurs and business owners.
Describing the programme, which is on its fifth circle, as the vision of the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the wealth Creation Officer explained that the exercise had been ongoing since 2015 unhindered, adding that by the end of 2023, when the governor would have concluded his term in office, more Deltans would have benefited from the programme.
He said: “The skills acquisition programme under YAGEP and STEP is being used by the governor to execute his vision of engaging youths to be gainfully employed and be entrepreneurs.
“The philosophy of the job creation scheme, which was established to drive and implement this programme, is to create a lasting legacy of new generation of youth entrepreneurs, who are adequately enabled to be business owners and that is why it was the first programme launched by the governor upon his resumption in office in 2015”.
On the aims and objective of the workshop and programme for the trainees, Eboh explained that it was aimed at re-orientating, equipping and supporting the participants to accumulate occupational skills towards establishing and running their own business, adding that training in some of the packages can last up to eight months.