- Financial assistance would be given to 2,500 carefully selected across artisans across Delta state in 2022
- The artisans association would also get a land from the Delta state government to build their secretariat
- To appreciate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the association honoured the state chief executive with an award for good governance
Asaba - Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday, November 25 announced that his government would give financial assistance to 2,500 artisans in 2022 to stimulate the growth of small and medium enterprises in the state.
Okowa announced this while speaking at Artisans Day celebration held at the Cenotaph in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
He said that the financial assistance would be given to the beneficiaries as grant to enable them develop their businesses, adding that the 2,500 persons would be carefully selected across artisans in the state and from different enterprises.
According to him, there will be budgetary provision for the financial support to the artisans in the 2022 budget, and the money for the assistance to the 2,500 artisans will be released between March and April next year.
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The governor also disclosed that the state government would in 2023 increase the number of artisans that would benefit from the financial support.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted Okowa as saying:
“The artisans are the growth pole that we have in this country. Many sectors of this nation, including the federal government, need to realise the need to mobilise the artisans so that we can grow our people into greater businesses.’’
Okowa encouraged the artisans to be dedicated to their businesses and ensure that they succeeded, saying:
“I can see from going through the various stands that you people are out for serious business. Now I know that Delta state would soon explode for good in future.”
On his part, thee chairman of artisans association in the state, Chief Ifeanyi Abanum, said that Okowa had done exceptionally well in transforming the state.
“Under your watch, the artisans’ body was recognised and inaugurated. You did not only give us job as a body, you appointed some of us into your administration.”
Delta Entrepreneurship Programmes Vehicle for Poverty Mitigation, Says Okowa
Governor Okowa had earlier said that the entrepreneurship development initiative of his administration in vocational skills was a deliberate effort to mitigate poverty, stamp out youth restiveness and meaningfully engage the unemployed youths in the state in productive ventures.
Okowa made this known on Thursday, September 30 while inaugurating the second cycle of the Girls Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (GEST) programme at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Issele-Uku, Aniocha North local government area of the state.
He said that his administration had always believed that the solution to the current unemployment quagmire in the state was through entrepreneurship development, which would also help in curbing youth restiveness.
Delta State to Partner Manufacturers on Entrepreneurship Development
Meanwhile, Delta state government on Wednesday, September 15 expressed readiness to partner with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in developing youths in the state with skills and entrepreneurship development.
Governor Okowa stated his government’s intention when he received on a courtesy visit, the executive members of Edo/Delta chapter of the association at Government House, Asaba.
He commended the group for its contributions to the economic development of the state and assured them that his administration would partner MAN to train youths in the state on relevant skills.