The Delta State Government has organized Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) for 246 STEP graduands in Fashion Design and Tailoring

with a call on them to harness their hidden potentials creatively in order to become successful entrepreneurs in the Fashion Industry.

The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer of the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau, Prof Eric Eboh, made the call during the EBMT for beneficiaries of 2020/2021 Cycle of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) in Fashion Design and Tailoring.

Prof Eboh pointed out that the training was organized to expose the beneficiaries to business management and entrepreneurship skills in order to help them succeed in their enterprises. 

He affirmed that with the completion of the 2020/2021 STEP/YAGEP Cycle, the State Government has trained and established over 6,000 unemployed youths in vocational and agricultural enterprises through the job and wealth creation bureau.

He disclosed that seasoned resource persons were selected to teach them business skills such as, “How to start and run your business, how to manage your business money, how to grow your business, how to market your product, how to relate well with your customers., how to keep business records and how to cope with business challenges.”

He said the EBMT is the last part of the STEP training programme which comes after the trainees have undergone four other activities namely the Screening/Selection Process, Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training, Vocational Skills Training and Completion Proficiency Test. 

While congratulating them on the successful completion of the various training activities and the Completion Proficiency Test, he advised them to find a shop, set-up and register their businesses immediately after the EBMT and establishment with starter pack.

Also, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM), Mr Edward Mekwunye, charged them to make good use of the opportunity provided by the State Government to become great entrepreneurs and successful business owners.

He assured them that DYMM would visit them to verify their business status at their shops two months after establishment and to enrol them for mentorship programmmes in line with the mandate of the agency.

In his lectures entitled, “How to Start Your Business” and “How to Write a Business Plan,” a resource person, Pastor Afolabi Adun, urged the graduands to carry out feasibility study/market survey about the business in order to understand the business environment better before setting-up.

He enjoined them to take seriously customer care and proper record keeping at all times. 

On her part, the Executive Assistant to the Governor/Coordinator Delta-UNIDO Centre & Export Initiative (DUCEI), Mrs Shimite Bello, in her lecture, “How to Market and Brand your Fashion Design Fashion and its Products from Start-Up,” tasked them to use their fashion skills as tools to become global entrepreneurs in the fashion market.

She emphasized that the end result and output of their productions would make them marketable in the global market, advising them to aspire to acquire more skills so as to attain perfection in their finished products.

In the same vein, the Creative Director of Signature Secret Fashion School, Dr Oreva Okowa, advised them to carve a niche for themselves by identifying specific areas of expertise in order to stand out among their competitors.

She urged them to register their businesses early enough, design their business logo and label as a way of branding their businesses.

Speaking separately, Ighomrore Evwikparobo ( Uvwie LGA) and Iwhiwhu Onoriode (Ethiope East) expressed gratitude to the State Government for the opportunity given to them to be enrolled in STEP, pledging to use the skills and knowledge acquired to become successful entrepreneurs and job creators.


By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh


The Delta State Government through its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship programme (STEP) has achieved another milestone with the commencement of handing out of starter packs to 2020/2021 Cycle beneficiaries. 

The beneficiaries comprised STEP graduands who recently completed their trainings in various training centers across the state and have passed the proficiency test and undergone the Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT.) 

The graduands numbering 62 included 22 STEPreneurs in Audio-Visual and 40 in Hairdressing and Braiding.

In an interview with one of the graduands, Cheche Queen Ifeoma who hails from Ika South Local Government Area, she said she was ready with her business name Donmonko Photography. 

Trained in Audio-Visual for four months, she expressed joy being established by the State Government with starter pack to begin her own business, thanking God and the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, for being selected amongst others for the STEP programme. 

“Ordinarily, I couldn't have been able to afford the training and the starter pack given to me.  Government should continue with this programme. It has helped a lot of youths to go off the streets and made them self-employed,” she added.

In the same vein, Jennifer John Kalehi (Warri South Local Government Area) trained in Hairdressing and Braiding said STEP has helped her fulfill her dream of becoming a hairstylist.

According to her, “I have flare for Hairdressing and Braiding before enrollment in STEP. I am grateful to God and the State Government for giving me the opportunity to be trained and established to practise my passion. I shall show good example out there to make the State Government proud. The job and wealth creation programme is so real and well-thought out.”

By Ese Laura Oghene. 
















Bee farmers enrolled in the Delta State Government’s Youth Agricultural and Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in the 2020/2021 Cycle have received farm support to expand their bee-keeping enterprises.

The beneficiaries numbering twenty-one were drawn from different local government areas across the three senatorial districts of the state.

The items presented to each beneficiary included ten bee hives; ten stainless stands; one stainless honey press; two metal smokers; one bee uniform; a pair of rainboot; a pair of hand cloves, and transport support.

In his remark, the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer of the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau, Prof Eric Eboh, said the State Government was pleased to introduce apiculture among the agricultural enterprises supported under YAGEP.

He explained the inclusion of apiculture was informed by the commercial importance of its products particularly honey in food, beverages, pharmaceutical and other industries coupled with the profit potentials for youths in agriculture. 

According to him, “The beneficiaries are youths that are already involved in apiculture and physically verified as owners and managers of beekeeping enterprises. They were retrained to improve their production and management skills and practices. 

“Following their successful training, they are being provided today with support packages which comprise beehives with cover, iron stands, stainless honey press, smokers and bee suits. The support package is designed to help the beneficiaries grow and sustain their individual beekeeping enterprises.”

The job creation boss maintained that the support to youths in apiculture would impact on their output, productivity and incomes in line with the job and wealth creation agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Also, the Consultant and the Chairman, Beekeepers Association of Delta State, Comrade Sunday Ojenima, expressed happiness and appreciation to the State Government and to the job creation bureau for ensuring that apiculture is included in YAGEP.

He assured the state that with proper monitoring and mentorship, the YAGEPreneurs would enjoy bumper harvests in honey production by April next year.

Earlier, the Programme Supervisor (YAGEP), Mr. Sam Ndikanwu, pointed out that it was the first time bee-keeping was introduced in YAGEP, stating that the beneficiaries were appreciative of the efforts of the State Government to improve their production capacity.

He added that all the items needed for honey production had been given to them for the growth of their enterprises, beginning from the hives to the processing equipment.

He expressed hope that with the support package given to them coupled with the market availability, bee farming in Delta State would flourish.

Speaking differently, Mr. Jerome Unukevewere (Ughelli South LGA), Emeka Ossaite (Ndokwa West LGA) and Simeon Edeh (Warri South LGA) expressed their gratitude to the State Government for including apiculture among the agricultural enterprises in its job creation programme.

They said the support package would go a long way in helping them to expand their businesses, thereby improving their economic fortune.

By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh and Ese Laura Oghene










The Agro-Industrial Park (AIP) is Delta State’s strategy for transforming the agricultural value chain, creating jobs and promoting inclusive sustainable growth. The Park will be a dedicated hub for the operation of agro-processing factories in a profitable and sustainable manner.

The value proposition is to eliminate the persistent infrastructural, business environment bottlenecks and logistic constraints that militate against the inflow, operation and sustenance of agro-processing factories in Delta State. The goal is to create and foster a conducive shelter that provides clear competitive operational advantage for agro-processing factories.


Delta State Agro-Industrial Park is a delineated ‘infrastructure and services shelter’ for agro- processing factories. The Park will have dedicated infrastructure and operating environment characterized by:

  • Constant power, water and security,

  • Sewage and waste management.

  • Warehousing and storage facilities.

  • Quality test and equipment workshop facilities.

  • Office and residential buildings for the Park Managers.

    The Park owner/operator is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) - Delta State Agro-Industrial Park Limited.



In furtherance of the Delta State Government’s commitment to create jobs and wealth for youths through entrepreneurship, graduands of its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) in Catering and Confectionery, and PoP-Painting and Screed-Making have received their starter packs.