- Youth empowerment remains the fundamental focus of the Delta state government in recent times
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has reiterated this again in his recent engagements in the state capital, Asaba
- The governor's empowerment programmes have witnessed the economic elevation of young people in Delta state
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, March 30, said his administration would continue to provide opportunities for youths in the state to be self-employed and wealth creators.
Okowa disclosed this at the graduation and starter-pack presentation to 776 beneficiaries of the state government's Rural Youth Skills Acquisition (RYSA) programme in Asaba, the state capital.
He said that the state government had various skills acquisition programmes aimed at grooming an army of entrepreneurs.
He listed some of the programmes as
1. Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP)
2. Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP)
3. Women Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Programme (WESAP) and
4. Girls Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (GEST) Programme.
The governor assured Deltans that his administration would continue to fund all the programmes till the terminal date of his tenure.
According to him, the graduation and presentation of starter-packs to the RYSA beneficiaries was another major step in the match towards building a new generation of small business owners in Delta.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted him as saying:
“Less than a week ago, we empowered 437 young ladies with various starter-packs to commence their businesses. Today, we are resourcing 776 young men and women under our Rural Youth Skills Acquisition Programme (RYSA).
“As it is with all our entrepreneurship development programmes, they have been taken through a rigorous training regiment which included modules in personal effectiveness, business management and proficiency test.
“Those that are being empowered today have proved their worth and readiness to commence their entrepreneurial journey.”
Speaking at the ceremony, the governor of Abia state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, described Okowa as a leader who believes in a prosperous society through human capital development and infrastructure transformation.
He charged the graduands to uphold integrity and diligence so as to excel in their chosen businesses.
In December 2020, Governor Okowa said his administration took the empowerment of youths seriously because the engagement of young people would engender peace in Delta state.
Okowa made the comment in Asaba during the inauguration of projects executed by Oshimili South local government council.
Around the same period, Governor Okowa stated that women empowerment needs to be tackled with concerted action to bridge the widening inequality gap in Nigeria and Africa.
According to him, both experts and policymakers agree that empowering women, especially the poor rural women, is fundamental to economic development in Nigeria.