The Delta State Government, yesterday, raised the tally of youths already trained and equipped in its shoe and leather works projects with the addition of 100 of them in the sector who were also trained and equipped with relevant starter packs.
The distribution of the relevant starter packs to the beneficiaries at the State Government/United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Centre in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of the State came following the successful graduation of the beneficiaries after a three-week intensive basic training on leather works.
Presenting the starter packs to the beneficiaries at the Delta/UNIDO Centre, the Executive Assistant to the State Governor on Export Initiatives Chief (Mrs) Shimite Bello, said that the gesture is in line with the accelerated industrial development vision and the entrepreneurial drive of the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa administration anchored on the Stronger Delta Matra of his administration.
While congratulating the beneficiaries on their successful completion of the basic training session as well as commending them for their resilience, Bello also, enjoined them to take advantage of the State Government’s gesture toward enhancing their socio-economic status.
“Today is one of my happiest days seeing another set of youths being engaged by our amiable Governor to become not only entrepreneurs but potential employers of labour.
Recall that a few weeks ago, we were here for the flag-off and inaugural meeting of the training exercise. Today, all the 100 youths trained would be given their starter packs to start up their leather works enterprises.
“This is happening today because the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa believes strongly in Human Capital development as well as Skill acquisition. This is important to him because that way we would be recruiting people who would in turn become employers of Labour.
“Following his (Okowa’s) Stronger Delta mantra, what we are doing here today is another plus the job creation vision of our amiable Governor as it is another landmark achievement in his Skill acquisition drive and entrepreneurship development initiatives in the State.
“This, no doubt, will go a long way in beefing up his vision of industrialising the State through entrepreneurship development just as those already trained, would not only be able to cater for themselves and their immediate families but would become employers of Labour,” Bello said.
She advised the beneficiaries of the training program of the Delta leather works projects to justify the State Government’s huge investments in the project by ensuring that they put the equipment into judicious use.