By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
The lives of 25 lucky persons out of many living with disability may change soon after encountering the Delta State government which has enrolled them for skills acquisition and entrepreneurship schemes. By this, the parable that many are called but few are chosen, seems to have been made true in their lives.
The 25 Persons Living with Disabilities (PLwD) were considered lucky to have been picked into the Skills Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) of the 2019/2020 cycle of Delta State’s Job and Wealth Creation Programme which is expected to last for months.
The state government had target 850 youths for the scheme and 25 lucky ones emerged from the PLwD group for the skills and agricultural training in the current cycle who have already been inaugurated for the trainings. The office of the Chief Job Creation Officer handled the scheme and gave them special orientation to enable them cope like any other youth.
Such skills involved are Catering and Confectionery, Decoration and Event Management, Fashion Design and Textile Design, Cosmetology (skin and facial care), Hairdressing and Makeover, including Braiding.
Other skills are Information Technology Services, Welding and Fabrication, Electrical and Solar Works, Carpentry and Joinery, Tiling and Interlocking, Production of Cleaning Agents, Plumbing, PoP, Screed-Making and Painting and Audiovisual services.
Addressing the enrollees at the event, the Chief Job Creation Officer of the state, Eric Eboh, a professor, told them to see themselves as lucky persons. “Many applied for this programme but only 25 of you were selected. The reason is for us to maintain the quality of the programme so that you can succeed.
“The guiding philosophy is that your success is our success. So, distinguish yourself by being successful in the programme, he said.
He encouraged them to make the most of the opportunity as the state would carter for them within the months of the programme as well as ensure they get their starter packs and other support they would need to be established in their various enterprises.
Eboh turned to the trainers and admonished them to see their relationship with the state government as partners rather than business relationship. Thus, he urged them to help the state sustain the quality of the programme by ensuring that the high standard for which the programme is known is maintained.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Rural Development, Flora Alatan, enjoined the trainees to see themselves as caretakers over whatever God puts in their hands.
Alatan who spoke through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Agas Egherekevwe, urged them to make judicious use of the opportunity by putting their talents into use and be productive so as to train other youths in the state.
In an interview with newsmen, one of the beneficiaries, Joy Okogie, commended the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, for the gesture extended to them and pledged not to disappoint him.
Observers at the event said most people think it’s a difficult task to teach or train PwDs, especially the deaf and dumb but one of the STEP trainers, Roseline Evuraisan, told newsmen thus: “It’s even easier to teach and train the PwDs especially the learned ones among them. The presence of an interpreter makes the job easier than when you train and teach able bodied persons”, she revealed.