More Delta youths want state’s job creation programme sustained


By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

More Delta youths, especially the  enrollees of the 2019/2020 Cycle of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship

Programme (STEP) under the Job Creation Programme if the state, have called on the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa to continue keeping to his promise of ensuring the sustainability of the programme.

The visibly happy youths were among the 850 persons that the state enrolled into the current cycle of STEP and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) of Job and Wealth Creation, a programme that boasts of 5,105 beneficiaries from the 2015/2016 cycle to the current cycle.

They spoke when they visited the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Asaba, to collect their posting
letters and logbook, and thanked the governor for the sustainability of the programme even as they described as economically wise at this time when there are no jobs.

Solomon Ekezuwa (Ndokwa West LGA) in Fashion Design and Textile Design who said he hoped to realise his dream of being independent
through the programme, said it’s good for the programme to be continued so that more youths could benefit.

Gibson Enunuaye (Warri South West LGA) in Welding and Fabrication while recalling how he had longed for an opportunity to be part of the programme, pointed out that successes recorded were commendable as some of his friends who were past beneficiaries are doing well in their businesses.

Stella Tuduo, a trainee in Information Technology Service,  (Burutu LGA) opined that “It is a good thing that youths are being
skilled in the state through the programme even as she attested that a cousin of hers had benefitted from the programme andhad made remarkable progress in Fashion Design and Tailoring.

She said she looked forward to becoming an expert in her choice skill, Information Technology Service and to develop her entrepreneurial abilities in order to become self-reliant and an employer of labour.

She thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the entrepreneurship development initiative which according to her has made many university graduates without skills relevant in society.

In the same vein, Ifeanyi Kemele (Ika South LGA) in Decoration & Event Management and Ekene Uchibuolu (Oshimili North LGA) in Hairdressing, Makeover & Braiding, expressed satisfaction with their enrolment in the STEP programme, adding that at last they now have the opportunity to become their own bosses and to become entrepreneurs.

They described the initiative as a legitimate way out of poverty considering the economic situation in Nigeria where white collar jobs have become so difficult to come by. STEP and YAGEP are under the Job Creation Programme of the state has recorded a total 5105 beneficiaries from 2015/2016 cycle to 2019/2020 cycle.