YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: Okowa Meets Orode Uduaghan, Other Young Entrepreneurs; Harps On Consistent Mentoring Of Budding Entrepreneurs

TO consolidate on the success stories of his administration, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has met with a team of young entrepreneurs led by Ms. Orode Uduaghan where he harped on the need for beneficiaries of entrepreneurship and empowerment programmes to be mentored to ensure that desired results are achieved.

The governor who received the team at the Government House, Asaba, commended the young entrepreneurs for their commitment to changing the stories of Deltans with their different programmes where they train and empower the people, saying, “there is the need to monitor and mentor our youths in their entrepreneurial businesses.”

“What you are doing as young entrepreneurs is worthwhile, I will get you people involved in our programmes to talk to graduates of our entrepreneurial programmes, so as to improve their confidence,” he stated, adding, “a lot of our youths need people to talk to them, to get them out of where they are and the right set of people to do this is their peers.”

Governor Okowa who expressed joy that youths of the state have come together to partner on how to create job opportunities for the youths and women, stated, “In our job creation programmes, we have found out that it is not just to expose the people to entrepreneurial learning and skills but, to be role models and mentors to them so as to encourage them to be successful; we became role models for our today youths to impact on them the necessary skills to survive in the business world.”

He continued, “we will encourage entrepreneurial studies in all our tertiary institutions to prepare our graduates to become entrepreneurs while encouraging our technical school students to proceed to the polytechnics, improve their skills and utilize their technical and entrepreneurial skills after graduation.”

Ms. Uduaghan had said the team comprises young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to train other youths as entrepreneurs.

She disclosed that they were in Asaba to intimate Governor Okowa of the outcome of their youth stakeholders’ forum held in Warri and to partner with government “to change the narrative of the average Delta youth.”

“We are a set of Delta youths who studied abroad with a lot of innovative ideas who want to mentor our peers, create a platform for them to become innovative entrepreneurs,” she said.

Gov. Okowa Gives Succour to the Ibusa PwD Sisters

The all-inclusive leadership style of the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, was once again brought to bear with the empowerment of a family of five sisters living with disabilities through the state government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP).

Presenting starter packs to two members of the family, Chinedu Okolie and Amana Okolie on behalf of the state government at their family compound at Ogbeowelle Quarters,  Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area, the Coordinator-STEP, Mr Onyeisi Nkenchor, said their engagement in the STEP programme is a demonstration of Gov. Okowa’s commitment to taking youths off the streets into meaningful enterprises.

He pointed out that a total number of 3,069 youths have so far benefitted from the Job Creation Scheme through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), out of which 81 one of them are Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

He emphasized that these facts are proofs of Governor Okowa’s all-inclusive leadership style to engage youths meaningfully irrespective of status, whether physically challenged or not.

He recalled that the Governor has responded promptly to Linda Okolie’s call for government’s assistance to her family.

According to him, “At the Governor’s Town Hall Meeting at Akwukwu-Igbo last year, Linda Okorie solicited that they should be included in the STEP programme for PwDs. True to type, our Governor promised to intervene and in fulfillment of that promise, we are all gathered here to witness the presentation of starter packs to them.”

“It will interest you to know that the Okolie sisters, namely Chinedu, Amana, Franca, Rita, and Linda have successfully trained themselves in Fashion Design & Tailoring and in Hairdressing and Makeover. As a result, Chinedu and Amana were enrolled for a refresher course in the Brown STEP to improve their proficiency. Like their counterparts, they are being presented their starter packs today and will begin to enjoy what others are enjoying,” he added.

Responding on behalf of his siblings, Linda Okolie, expressed their gratitude to the state Governor for the wonderful works he is doing in the state, especially for coming to their aid; the family of 5 physically challenged sisters,  and prayed God to bless him.

Also speaking, a member of the extended family, Madam Comfort Okolie, who expressed profound joy over the Governor’s magnanimity commended him for the training and the starter packs presented to her orphaned nieces, stressing that this singular act is a clear indication that Governor Okowa is a governor for all.

Job Creation: Delta State Government Flags-off Distribution of Starter Packs to 2017/2018 Beneficiaries of Brown STEP

In continuation of its commitment to providing employment for its unemployed youths, the Delta State Government has commenced the distribution of starter packs to beneficiaries of its 2017/2018 cycle.

This was made known at the flag-off of the event for 81 beneficiaries of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship programme, tagged ”Brown STEP” by the wife of the Governor, Dame Edith Okowa, in Asaba.

Advising them, Dame Okowa charged the beneficiaries to put their starter packs to good use with optimum dedication so as to grow their enterprises into enviable heights.

She commended them for acquiring vocational skills in spite of their academic qualifications, tasking them to uphold the tenets of the programme and to sustain their businesses to the point of training other unemployed youths.

While praying for their success, she enjoined them to commit their enterprises to God.

On his part, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, said: “the job creation scheme through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and the Youth Agricultural and Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) has engaged 3,069 youths from Delta who were previously unemployed.”

He affirmed that the programmes are already yielding its fruits as STEP and YAGEP are transforming the lives of the beneficiaries, creating livelihoods, changing the landscape of youth empowerment and stimulating economic diversification of the state.

He disclosed that many states of the federation are now adopting the Delta State model of job creation for youth training and empowerment for self-employment, stating that the World Bank and European Union –assisted SEEFOR project is providing financial support in recognition of the success of the programme.

He said, “The job creation programme is running its third cycle and has a new introduction, Brown STEP who are persons who have already undergone vocational skills training on their own volition, but were selected and enhanced through refresher skills training and entrepreneurship training to adequately qualify for starter packs to owe and run their enterprises.”

He pointed out that Brown STEP category has 209 beneficiaries out of a total of 582 STEP trainees, adding that starter packs will be distributed in batches to them beginning with today batch consisting of Fashion Design & Tailoring-60 persons; Welding & Fabrication- 20 persons and Interlocking- 1 person.

The components of the starter packs included the following. Fashion Design & Tailoring: an industrial sewing machine, cutting table, pressing iron, a generator (2.9 kVA-copper coil), #50,000.00 cash support and #8,000.00 transport fare.

Interlocking: a wheelbarrow, elephant spade, 2 big trowels, 300 pieces of mould design (60cl), 15 kerbs (3 inches), 10 kerbs (4 inches), 10 kerbs (5 inches), 2 big mallet, 3 brushes, a 750 gallons water tank, a compacting machine (G163), #50,000.00 cash support and #8,000.00 transport fare.

Welding & Fabrication: a welding machine (BX1-315-KAIERDA-70-Kg-80kg, 68 x 48 x70 cm); a table vice (Accord England) SPEC A04 no 6, angular hand grinding machine (electric) 230mm, 2, 350watts; a pipe bending machine with block (locally made); drilling machine (Bosch 13mm); scriber (Germany 8 inches); measuring tape (16 feet); cold chisel (8 inches); welding shield; wire brush (4 line); chipping hammer; hammer (21B) (Muller Germany) 200kg; hack saw frame (iron head); saw blades (sandflex roll original); file set (5 in a set); centre punch; try square steel) long MDN; welding gloves (leather long); safety boots; cover-all (fire resistant); dark and plain safety google; a safety helmet; lister generator (delma engine S195mm diesel engine, 150kg-170kg; delma generator alternator (7.5KVA, 230 volts-50HTZ); #50,000.00 cash support and #8,000.00 transport fare.

The wife of the Governor, Dame Edith Okowa, was taken on a brief tour of the starter packs gallery where she interacted with some beneficiaries who expressed their gratitude to the state government for the empowerment with a pledge to put their starter packs into judicious use.

The high point of the event was the symbolic handing out of starter packs to some beneficiaries by the wife of the Governor, Dame Edith Okowa.

More Persons with Disabilities Enrol in STEP Program

The Delta State Job Creation Programme, Skills Training, and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) has received another boost with an additional twenty-nine (29) trainees comprising Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

This was made known at a one-day orientation course organized for them by the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Social and Community Development in Asaba (09/04/18).

Declaring open the orientation course, the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social and Community Development, Rev. Omatsola Williams, said the inclusion of PwDs into the job creation programme is in fulfilment of His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s promise of prosperity for all Deltans in line with his cardinal agenda of “Strategic Wealth Creation and Provision of Jobs for all Deltans.”

The Women Affairs Commissioner affirmed that the orientation programme was to enlighten the trainees towards the smooth implementation of the programme so as to achieve the desired results.

She pointed out that 51 PwDs benefitted in the 2016/2017 cycle, while an additional 29 are to be trained in the 2017/2018 cycle which is the second set, adding that the beneficiaries were evenly selected from every local government area across the state on a cluster to cluster bases.

Rev. Williams explained that the beneficiaries would be trained for 3 to 6 months depending on their chosen enterprise using the Community Based Vocational Rehabilitation (CBVR) Model Approach in which each trainee is attached to a relevant trainer within their respective communities of residence and provided with an interpreter when necessary to facilitate learning within the stipulated period.

She enjoined them to take the orientation course seriously and warned that any trainee who is either uncontrollable or reported to be absent from his training center will be delisted from the programme.

She harped on the activities of the State Government geared towards the welfare of PwDs to include:

  • Maintenance of persons affected with leprosy across the state;
  • Regular rescue, evacuation and rehabilitation of mentally challenged destitute across the state;
  • Annual sponsorship of vision impaired trainees of Delta State origin to the Federal Farm Craft Centre for the blind in Lagos State to acquire skill in craft;
  • Regular purchase and distribution of various types of mobility aids and appliances to needy PwDs across the state;
  • Appointment of a 10 member PwDs Steering Committee on the Affairs of PwDs who are placed on monthly stipends;
  • 2017 luncheon in honor of PwDs in the state and
  • Collaboration with relevant NGOs, multinational companies and other government agencies on issues relating to the welfare of PwDs in the State.

On his part, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, reiterated the state government’s commitment to the welfare of PwDs, adding that their inclusion in the job creation programme is to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills required to make them self-reliant and business managers.

Prof Eboh reaffirmed that they would be given starter packs after their training period to establish their own enterprises and would be paid a monthly stipend of #10,000.00 within the 3 to 6 months training duration.

While informing them that the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM) will regularly visit them to monitor their progress throughout the programme, he charged them to uphold discipline and hard work at all times.

Responding on behalf of PwDs, their State Chairman, Comrade Isaac Ogbruche, lauded the kind gestures of the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for running an all-inclusive government, tasking the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunities so as to become self-reliant and to encourage the government to continue with the programme.

Gov. Okowa’s Job Creation Programmes: Creating Jobs, Curbing Crime by Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh

This story is about a journey from the brink of despair to the world of entrepreneurship for Terry Ogolor, a YAGEPreneur in Fish Production located at YAGEP Fish Farm Cluster at Ugbokodo-Okpe. His life witnessed a complete turn-around immediately he enrolled into the state government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), otherwise, he would have been one of the teeming youths who waste their lives indulging in shady deals to their own detriment and that of the society.

This is his story.

My name is Terry Ogolor. I hail from Udu Local Government Area. I attended College of Education, Agbor where I studied Biology/Chemistry. I want to share my testimony of how the SMART agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has transformed my life and liberated me from being a job seeker to an entrepreneur.

Upon graduation in 2009, I was unemployed till I enrolled into the state government’s Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP). Initially, I taught in a private school but discovered that the #10,000 I was paid was nothing to write home about. Thereafter, I started hustling on the streets, but the street was not friendly. One day, a friend told me about Job Creation form. Though I applied, I was not shortlisted. The second time, I reluctantly applied; I thought it was a scam, one of those government programmes. To my greatest surprise, I was invited to attend the interview after which I did not hear from job creation for a while. I became frustrated and concluded it was a sham and gave up.

On the streets to feed was a problem. So my friends and I decided to go into crime to survive. We planned towards executing a crime. While we were planning, the list was published and those who saw my name informed me I was invited to camp. At the camp, I had three square meals daily through the week. For the first time in my life, it was unbelievable I could have three meals daily. After three days at the camp, my friends called me to tell me that it was time to execute our plans for the crime, but I called it off telling them I had travelled. I was no longer was interested in crime because I was comfortable with life at the orientation camp.

At that point, I had a rethink and decided to get serious with my life after the Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training (OPET).

After my three month internship, I became well grounded in fish production. My trainer was good. Shortly after that, I was given 2000 juveniles, 150 bags of fish feed, a monthly stipend of #15,000 for 6 months, 2 earthen ponds and other items. My assessment of my starter pack excluding the ponds was over a million naira. I was shocked and I began to shed tears. I then pledged at that point to do all I could to succeed in this venture, as that was the only way I could pay back the government for this wonderful gesture.

Apart from fish farming, I am also into transportation. I was able to use some of the proceeds from my fish farm to buy a tricycle (keke.) My colleagues at the farm pay me to transport their feed for them from the point of purchase to the cluster. Also, I use the keke to supply feed to various farms on behalf of feed sellers and I am well paid. My daily routine is work at the farm in the morning, resume transportation and return to the farm by 5 pm. I recently rejected a #75,000.00 job to work as a scaffolder in Port Harcourt.

Today, I am a happy fish farm owner at YAGEP Fish Farm Cluster, Ugbokodo Okpe. I can fend for myself, family and friends because of what Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa did for me. I am a consultant by experience. I help those with challenges in their fish farms and the pay is encouraging. I have grown my fish from 2,000 to over 4,000. The sky is my limit!

Recently, I took my son to the hospital and in the course of billing me, I discussed with the doctor and found out he is interested in fish farming when I told him my occupation. As I am talking to you, I am setting up his fish farm and the pay is good.

Thanks to the vision of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Delta State, for making me a consultant to a doctor and many others in fish production.

Key Into Empowerment Programmes, Okowa Urges Youths

Youths in Delta State have been called upon to key into the various empowerment programmes put in place by the state government in order to be self-sufficient as well as become employers of labor thereby contributing their quota to the socio-economic development of the State.

The call was made on Tuesday by the Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, during a one-day orientation programme for the beneficiaries of the Delta State Special Youth Intervention Training and Empowerment Programme (SYITEP)  held at the Unity Hall Government House, Asaba.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties (Government House), Hon. Sakpra Henry stated that this particular programme was designed for youths who did not fall into the age bracket of those who have been benefiting from the different programmes being executed by the Job Creation Office and other Agencies charged with such training.

Senator Okowa urged the beneficiaries to be serious with the training and acquire the skills needed, promising that the government will not only pay for their training but provide starter packs for those that will be certified to have undergone the training successfully.

In his welcome address, Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. Ilolo Oghenekaro, noted that the Government of Delta State fashioned out the programme to ensure that no category of Deltans is left out in the scheme of things.

The Commissioner while expressing his gratitude to the Governor of Delta State told the benefiting youths not to toy with the opportunity noting that little beginnings matter a lot.

The Commissioner observed that with determination, countries in the Asian Continent who are today known as Asian tigers became world class economies hence the beneficiaries could become what they want to be.

He reiterated the government resolve to ensure that Deltans, particularly the youths, have their fair share of government’s patronage, therefore, all the beneficiaries have to do is to be responsible, obedient and law-abiding citizens.

To ensure that apart from the free training and provision of starter packs which they stand to gain, the government is partnering with the Heritage Bank who will provide mentorship as well as provide soft loan to them whenever the need arises.

Dream Comes Alive As PSML Gets Set To Commission Aladja Steel Complex

Nigeria’s hope of steel production as backbone for industrial development comes alive as Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, is set to commission the resuscitated Aladja Steel Complex of Premium Steel and Mines Limited with one million tons capacity.

Addressing newsmen in his office on Monday, Mr. Prasanta Mishra, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Premium Steel and Mines Limited said that the company’s first phase of production which was scheduled for commissioning on Friday, March 2, 2018, would meet some 50 percent of Nigeria’s long steel product needs which are currently supplied mainly by imports.

“Our production will bring about 50 percent import substitution of Nigeria’s long steel product consumption which is met principally by imports. We shall help the country save some 50 percent of the foreign exchange it expends on steel importation each year,” he said.

The Premium Steel and Mines Limited formerly called Delta Steel Company (DSC), is Nigeria’s most versatile and only integrated steel plant projected to produce about 1.2 million tons of various steel products per annum at full capacity.

Mr. Mishra said the legacy of the erstwhile Delta Steel Company originally commissioned in 1982 was left with various challenges as the plant was in a poor shape when his company acquired it and so retooled it with state-of-the-art equipment for competitive production.

He said, “We had to pull down all the obsolete automation system and auxiliaries of the rolling mill complex built by the Austro-German consortium. We had to replace with the state-of-the-art equipment to meet today’s competitive market needs. Today, we are one of the best Nigerian steel mills to produce the BS4449 grade steel, TMT and other value-added products of such high capacity which would be used for most high-rise buildings, bridges, flyovers, malls and other sky scrapers due to its high mechanical and yield strength.”

Mr. Mishra disclosed that the gestation period to get the plant to attain production level was bedeviled by much challenges due to the terrible state the former investors left the plant.

He added, “With sheer determination and uncommon show of irrepressible disposition, our team of world-class engineers and technicians has laboured hard to resuscitate the comatose plant and bring it back to life. The flag-off of the rolling mill will signpost the first bold step towards reinventing the entire integrated steel complex to realise the dreams of the founding fathers of this gigantic enterprise,” he said.

The Managing Director said that besides being primed for profitable operations, the company was also prepared to touch the lives of Nigerians beyond tax payments.

He said the company would touch the lives of the local communities particularly through accessible and affordable healthcare, employment, women empowerment and education. It targets bringing sustainable development that would lead to “inclusive growth” in its area of operations.

The whole communities segment is quite excited, as the President General of the Union of Udu Communities, Chief Steve Sokoh said, “The long awaited day has come.”

For the Otota of Udu Kingdom, Chief Sam Odibo, “PSML is living up to its responsibility’’ while Comrade Dogene Elias, President of Aladja community, said, “At last the economy of Udu and environment will improve…we are excited to hear this.’’

Also speaking to newsmen, Hon Chief Jite Brown, Executive chairman of the Udu local Government Council, said that an up and running of the Premium Steel would add to the development of economy of Udu and Delta State in terms of youth empowerment and engagement.

Dignitaries expected to join senior government officials, captains of industry, business leaders and top politicians include traditional rulers and community leaders across Delta State and beyond.

Adhere Strictly To The Code Of Conduct – Eboh Charges STEP Trainers

Trainers engaged to train the Brown STEP beneficiaries of the 2017/2018 job creation programme cycle have been charged to adhere strictly to the Code of Conduct guiding the operations of the scheme.

The Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, gave the charge at a meeting between job creation office and the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) trainers held in his office yesterday.

The trainers who were engaged to train beneficiaries of Brown STEP are masters in vocational skills as Hairdressing & Makeover; Electrical Installation & Repairs, Catering & Confectionary; Fashion Design & Tailoring; Welding & Fabrication; Cosmetology among others.

Addressing the trainers, Prof Eboh enjoined them to ensure discipline, integrity, and quality so as to sustain the high standard of the programme, warning that any trainer who violates the Code of Conduct guiding the operations of the programme would be delisted.

He pointed out that the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring charged with monitoring job creation programmes in the state would regularly visit the training centers to monitor the progress of the trainees and would afterward provide them with mentorship after establishment.

Congratulating them on their inclusion on the list of job creation trainers, he explained that Brown STEP comprised candidates who learned skills through personal sponsorship but require assistance to be established in their various areas of vocational skills.

He particularly commended three STEPreneurs who benefitted from the programme in the 2015 Cycle, stressing that their ability to distinguish themselves in their enterprises qualified them to be engaged by the job creation office to train new beneficiaries.

“Your engagement as trainers is a clear manifestation of the vision of the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, of nurturing a new generation of entrepreneurs who would grow to train and employ others,” he emphasized.

He said beneficiaries of Brown STEP posted to various training centers for a month-long refresher course would resume training today, 1st February and are to stop training on the 3rd of March, 2018 after which they will be established with starter packs to run their own enterprises.

He added that the 208 Brown STEP trainees had successfully undergone a week-long training programme in Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training (OPET) and Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) at Songhai Delta, Amukpe to provide them with life skills and business management tips that could adequately prepare them to become seasoned entrepreneurs and business managers.

He disclosed that 500 Green STEP beneficiaries who are fresh entrants who want to learn skills and be established through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) will commence the OPET and EMBT along with beneficiaries of the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) mid-February and would resume training at the various training centres on the 1st of March, 2018.

In separate remarks, trainers who were beneficiaries of the 2015 Cycle, Precious Nwaise (Fashion Design & Tailoring) and Karen Arubayi (Catering & Confectionery) expressed their gratitude to the state government for upgrading them from being trainees to trainers with a pledge to put in their best so that their trainees would grow to perform better.

DTSG Begins 2017/2018 STEP & YAGEP Programme Cycle

The Delta State Government has commenced the third cycle of its job creation programme with an orientation course for the first batch of beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries are undergoing a week training programme in Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training (OPET) and Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) at Songhai Delta, Amukpe.

Addressing the beneficiaries, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, congratulated them for their success in the extended screening, interview, proficiency test and pre-orientation briefing conducted for them, saying there were selected based on merit.

Prof. Eboh explained that these first set of 220 beneficiaries are tagged, “Brown STEP” as candidates who have learnt skills through personal sponsorship, but requires assistance to be established in their various areas of vocational

He added that they would be posted to various training centres for a one month refresher course before establishing them in line with the prosperity vision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to make them self-employed and employers of labour.

He disclosed that the second set tagged, ”Green STEP” comprising fresh candidates who want to learn skills and be established through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) will undergo an orientation course on a later date along with beneficiaries for the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).

He said the OPET and EBMT are to imbibe them with the right orientation, mind-set, personal effectiveness and business management so as to prepare them to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship.

While tasking them to ensure diligence, discipline and punctuality throughout the programme, he reaffirmed that their success is the state government’s success and that the government’s success is measured by their level of success.

He informed them that on establishment with starter pack, they will be handed over to the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring to help them sustain and grow their enterprises.

He stressed that the state government’s STEP and YAGEP have established 2,324 youths in its first and second cycles, emphasizing that the 2017/2018 programme cycle would include the Brown STEP, Green STEP and YAGEP.

Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Roseline Aphia, in Fashion Design and Tailoring ((Oshimili South) and Prince Esierie in Decoration and Event Management (Ethiope East) expressed their gratitude to the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for the job creation scheme and the transparency in the selection process, pledging to put in their best to become successful entrepreneurs and business managers.

The topics entitled, “Government Employment & Personal Responsibility Disposition” and “How to Cope Well with Business Risk and Challenges” were delivered by the Principal Partner of Chavan Associates, Mr Charles Dafe and the Chief Executive Officer of Nuella Clinton Farms, Miss Emmanuella Clinton respectively.

Invitation For Application For The 2017/2018 STEP And YAGEP Programmes

Date: 5th December, 2017

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans that the Office of the Delta State Chief Job Creation officer, Governor’s Office Asaba has invited applications from suitably qualified and interested candidates for admission into the 2017/2018 cycle of Delta State Government Job Creation Programmes – Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).

Applicants must be presently unemployed Deltan youth with genuine desire to acquire skills and training for entrepreneurship, aged 18-35 years and must possess at least West African School Certificate.

Available trades for skills acquisition are as follows:

Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP)

1. Fashion Design & Tailoring
2. Catering & Confectionary
3. Hair Dressing & Makeover, Cosmetology & Barbing
4. Decoration and Event Management
5. Plumbing
6. Electrical Installation & Repairs
7. Building Services (PoP, Tiling and Interlocking)
8. Welding and Fabrication
9. Audio Visual Services

Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP)

1. Fish production
2. Rice production
3. Vegetables Production

Accordingly, interested applicants should collect application forms from Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Anwai Road, Asaba OR Governor’s Office Annex, along NPA Expressway, near DBS, Warri. Application forms can also be accessed and submitted online at Completed application forms must be received not later than Friday December 22, 2017.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information