YAGEP beneficiaries engaged in Fish Production at Ugbokodo in Okpe Local Government Area have commended the Delta State Government for the on-going renovation of their fish ponds.

The YAGEPreneurs made the commendation in a message delivered through the Chief Job and Wealth Creation, Prof Eric Eboh to the Governor.

Beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s Skills and Entrepreneurship Training (STEP) for the 2019/2020 Cycle have continued to commend the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for continuing with the job creation programme in his second tenure.

Some of the trainees out of the 850 enrolled for the cycle made the commendation during the Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Workshop held in Asaba for those located in Delta North Senatorial District.

In an interview, Kenneth Onwuegbuosa (Ughelli North LGA) in Decoration and Event Management, thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the initiative which according to him was meant to train, enrich and support them with starter pack for establishment.

He said the opportunity would improve his skills in Event Management which had been his means of livelihood before now, appealing to the state government to continue with the programme in order to engage more unemployed youths.

Also speaking, John Anwuzia (Aniocha South LGA) in Fashion Design and Textile Design described the programme as the best opportunity any government can create for its youths, adding that his wife benefitted from the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in 2015 and that with these opportunities the sky would be their limit.

For Blessing Ajueyitsi (Uwvie LGA) in Hairdressing, Makeover and Braiding, she had been applying since 2015 until she succeeded in the present cycle, encouraging others not to give up as the government cannot provide for everyone at the same time.

Precious Ajibade (Isoko South LGA) in Fashion Design and Textile expressed her excitement on lessons learnt through the workshop especially in the area of self-discipline and being focused. “I expect that within 7 months of training, I will achieve my purpose of becoming my own boss, being self-employed and self-dependent,” she added.

In his remark, the Hon. Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwueyenga, charged the trainees to be committed to the programme so as to return the state government’s investment on them.

He described the programme as a seed that would propel them to realise their goals, urging them to seize the live changing opportunity to become great entrepreneurs.

He advised them to have the right mindset by imbibing the right virtues of hard work, honesty and to see value in the programme in order to encourage the government to sustain the programme.

“Shun materialism. Imbibe the right values and mindset to determine how far you will grow. Government provides fund, the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer provides the process, but it is you that will determine the success,” he enthused.

While congratulating the beneficiaries on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, reiterated the state government’s commitment to curbing youth unemployment through the programme.

Prof Eboh said the Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Workshop was designed to train them to harness their potentials in order to make them productively engaged, masters of their destinies and self-employed business owners.

Also speaking, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring, Mr Eddy Mekwuye, advised them to stay clear of absenteeism, truancy among others, stressing that the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring would visit their training centres regularly to ensure that they abide by the rules and regulations guiding the programme.

He warned that any trainee who failed to abide by the Code of conduct would be expunged from the programme, urging them to report whatever challenges they encounter at their training centres early enough.

Hon Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwuenyenga admonishing the trainees at the Orientation Workshop in Asaba



Resourse Person, Mrs Chinemerem Omonigho delivering her lecture to the trainees at Orientation Workshop in Asaba

A total number of 850 unemployed youths have been engaged by the Delta State Government to train as entrepreneurs in the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Training (STEP) and in the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in the 2019/2020 Programme Cycle.

This was disclosed by the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, during the Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Workshop for STEP trainees enrolled in the 5th cycle of the programme in Ughelli.

The trainees were enrolled in various STEP skills such as Catering and Confectionery; Decoration and Event Management; Fashion Design and Textile Design; Cosmetology (Skin and Facial Care); Hairdressing and Makeover, including Braiding; Information Technology Services (Open to youths with a minimum of OND/NCE; and Welding and Fabrication. Other skills are Electrical and Solar Works; Carpentry and Joinery; Tiling and Interlocking; Plumbing; Production of Cleaning Agents; POP, Screed-Making and Painting; and Audio-visual Services.

Prof Eboh pointed out that the STEP programme had been classified into two categories- the Green STEP and the Brown STEP.  While stating that the Green STEP beneficiaries are those who have no knowledge of their skills but require training before establishment, he said the Brown STEP trainees are those who have knowledge and reasonable competences in their chosen skills, but only needed refresher courses and support for establishment by government.

He said the duration of training for these skills would range between 3 months to 8 months for Green STEP while Brown STEP trainees would be trained between 2 months to 4 months.

He explained that the programme selection process was allocated at the grassroots level among the 270 wards in the state which clearly was a demonstration of His Excellency’s leadership style of all-inclusiveness and fulfilment of his promise of prosperity for all Deltans.

He emphasized that the programme was designed to train, reorient, equip and support youths to accumulate occupational skills of their choice and personal effectiveness skills together with entrepreneurial skills. These according to him would enable them to establish and run their own business enterprises and for gainful self-employment.

He enjoined them to abide by the Code of Conduct for Trainees, stressing that the programme is a full time programme as the state government would not condone indiscipline among them. He added that the state government would provide them with monthly stipend throughout the duration of their training.

In the same vein, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring, Mr Eddy Mekwuye, represented by a Senior Special Assistant to the Government on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring, Olorogun Frank Ozue, said the Governor’s vision was to take youths off the streets in order to create employment for them, curb youth restiveness and to build entrepreneurs that would drive the economy of the state.

He reiterated the state government’s commitment to monitoring and mentoring of trainers during training and after establishment to ensure sustainability of the programme.

Respondig, Bernard Magrignor (Ughelli North LGA) and Margaret Ohwofasa (Okpe) both in Catering and Confectionery expressed their gratitude to the government for initiating the programme, adding that they are hopeful that through it they would achieve their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs. They pledged to abide by the Guidelines and Code of Conduct in order to sustain the programme.

CJWCO, Prof Eric Eboh, presenting The Job Creation Training Manual to the trainees
A cross section of trainees in Ughelli







Delta state Government Flags-off 2019/2020 Cycle of YAGEP with an Orientation Workshop.

Trainees of the Delta State Government’s Youth Agricultural and Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) of the 2019/2020 Programme Cycle have been charged to take the training seriously in order to build themselves into entrepreneurs capable of sustaining their enterprises.

The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, gave the charge during a one-day Orientation Workshop organised for the 2019/2020 YAGEP trainees to flag-off their enrolment into the programme.

At the event held in Asaba, Prof Eric Eboh, congratulated the trainees for their success at the various stages of screening exercise before their successful enrolment into the programme.

He said the orientation workshop was packaged to enlighten them about the process, rules and guidelines of the 2019/2020 Cycle of YAGEP and to prepare them for a successful take-off as well as to ensure that they meet the condition for a successful participation in the programme.

Delivering his lecture tagged, “Presentation of 2019/2020 YAGEP Process and Guidelines,” he pointed out that the state government’s philosophy of initiating the Job Creation Scheme was to create a lasting legacy of a new generation of youth entrepreneurs who are well motivated, inspired, skilled and adequately enabled to become self-employed and business owners.

He said over 4,200 youths have benefited from STEP/YAGEP in the past 4 years with an additional 850 youths for the 2019/2020 Cycle, emphasizing that the 2019/2020 Cycle has more of Brown YAGEP than the Green YAGEP.

While stating that all beneficiaries of Brown YAGEP must have an active and verified agricultural enterprise which is put in suitable condition and is ready to take support, he explained that Green YAGEP beneficiaries must have verified suitable land space with unhindered access and secured tenure and verified source of regular water supply.

He pointed out that provision of YAGEP support packs will be done in stages as progression from one stage to the next stage is prerequisite to the release of support items in subsequent stage.

The various commodity enterprises for Brown YAGEP include Fish Production, Piggery, Poultry, and Crop Production such as Plantain, Cassava, Maize, Rice and Vegetable, while those for Green YAGEP are Poultry and Fish Production.

On his part, the Hon. Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Michael Egwunyenga tasked to develop the right mind-set of seeing the opportunity as a privilege to succeed in their chosen enterprise.

He pointed out that the level of success they achieve in their enterprise would depend on them and the attitude with which they handle it.

On his part, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM), Mr Eddy Mekwuye, in his lecture, “The Role and Activities of Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring in Relation to YAGEP Trainees,” said the mandate of DYMM was to sustain the success recorded in the programme over the years.

He urged them to do the right thing at all times to ensure that the programme yields the desired results.

Responding separately, Monday Okpoho (Isoko North) in Poultry and Nnenna Okpaleke (Oshimili North) in Fish Production expressed their gratitude to the state government for the opportunity granted them to be part of the YAGEP programme, pledging to use the knowledge and support package to grow their businesses into enviable heights. 

The highpoint of the event was the training tagged, “Farm records and Book-Keeping” delivered by the Resource Person, Mr Francis Aniye.


Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh

Communication Officer