A two-day training programme on entrepreneurship and business management has been organized for 41 graduates of the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP.) 

The training which took place at the Conference Hall of the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Asaba was organised for Green STEPreneurs who have completed their vocational skills training for six months in ICT; Fashion Design and Tailoring; Welding and Fabrication; Electrical Installation and Photography in different training centres across the state.

Speaking on behalf of the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, the Co-ordinator of STEP, Mr Onyeisi Nkenchor, reaffirmed that the state government through the office has successfully trained 1, 180 youths under its STEP and YAGEP in the 2018/2019 Programme Cycle, out of which 1,139 of them have been established with starter packs to begin their businesses.

Mr Nkenchor said the 41 STEPreneurs for which the Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training (EBMT) was being organised marked the end of the 2018/2019 cycle.

He added that the state government has introduced a Post-Training Proficiency Test to ensure quality assurance for the programme, congratulating the participants on their success at the proficiency test and for going through the various stages in the programme successfully.

He explained that the EBMT is a critical component in the training programme which would expose them to basic principles and practices for entrepreneurship and to how to start, manage, fund, grow and market their businesses. 

Speaking differently, some of the beneficiaries, Chinasa Illoba in Fashion Design and Tailoring (Ika North East), Biegba Akporike in Welding and Fabrication (Ughelli South) and Gillow ThankGod in Photography (Bomadi) expressed their gratitude to the state government for the opportunity to be trained to become entrepreneurs, appealing that more unemployed youths be engaged  to reduce youth unemployment.

It would be recalled that the Delta State Government though its Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer has trained and established 4,253 youths under its STEP, YAGEP and GEEP including Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in its first tenure.

Delta State Governments Gives Farm Input to Support Brown YAGEPreneurs


The Delta State Government has given support/farm input to beneficiaries of Brown Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) engaged in the 2018/2019 Cycle. 

In his remark at the venue of handing out of the farm input to the beneficiaries, the Coordinator of YAGEP in the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Mr Samuel Ndinkanwu, said 145 youths engaged in four agricultural enterprises have so far benefitted from the state government Brown YAGEP in the 2018/2019 Cycle.

BIRD FEEDS FOR BROWN YAGEPreneurs IN POULTRY
BIRD FEEDS FOR BROWN YAGEPreneurs IN POULTRY

 

Mr Ndinkanwu explained that the youths drawn from the 25 local government areas of the state are farmers in Poultry, Fish Production, Piggery and Crop Production, adding that they were carefully identified with the view of strengthening their enterprises to make them sustainable and employers of labour.

Giving out bird feeds to 55 beneficiaries in the Poultry enterprise, he disclosed that each Brown YAGEPreneur received either 400 point of lay and 60 bags of feeds or 400 day old broilers and 150 bags of feeds; drinkers; feeders; medication and trainings.

He pointed out that YAGEP has Green and Brown programmes, describing Green YAGEP as youths who had no previous knowledge of farming, but were trained and established by the state government while Brown YAGEP were young existing farmers who were identified, given refresher courses and supported with farm input to strengthen and to make their farm enterprises viable.

BROWN YAGREPreneurs IN POULTRY RECEIVE BIRD FEEDS

 

Two of the beneficiaries, Alex Omesiele and Tracy Amunike expressed their gratitude to the state government for the opportunity given to them to expand their poultry enterprises, urging other youths to embrace agriculture to help drive the state government’s commitment towards economic diversification.

 

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Beneficiaries of the Delta State Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) who have completed their 6 months training in their chosen vocational skills have undergone a post-training proficiency test to qualify them for their starter packs.

The two day test which is the first of its kind in the programme took place simultaneously in different training centres in Asaba, Agbor and Kwale for 48 trainees in Fashion Design and Tailoring; ICT; Welding and Fabrication and Electrical Installation and Repairs.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the Co-ordinator of STEP in the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Mr Onyeisi Nkenchor, disclosed that the post-training proficiency test is an innovation packaged to strengthen the capacity of the STEP trainees and to ensure that trainees who participated in hands-on training at different training centres in the state were fully empowered to utilise the experience and skills acquired during training.

“The Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer has added a new element to the cycle of training. This is called the Post-Training Proficiency Test which entails practical testing of the graduates to ensure that they have reasonable proficiency in the skills for which they were trained,” he explained.

He said 48 graduates of the 2018/2019 six months Green STEP trainees comprising 30 persons in Fashion Design and Tailoring; 11 in Welding and Fabrication; 3 in Electrical Installations and Repairs and 4 in ICT were taken through the tests at different centres in Asaba, Agbor and Kwale.

The test lasted between 4th and 5th July, 2019.

A former Vice President of Nigeria and the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubarkar Atiku, has called on the Federal Government to study and adopt the job and wealth creation module of Governor Okowa of Delta State.  

Alhaji Atiku made the call recently at a two-day Job Creation Exhibition for beneficiaries of the Delta State Government’s Job Creation Scheme held in Asaba from 24thto 25thJanaury, 2019. 

The job Creation Exhibition which is the second of its kind in the state was attended by about 700 beneficiaries, comprising entrepreneurs trained and established through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) and by those from the Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP), Women Mobilization, Micro Credit Akwa Ocha/Leather Works and Vocational and Technical Education Board (TVEB).

Represented at the event by his running mate, Mr Peter Obi, Alhaji Atikulauded the job creation initiative of Governor Okowa while on a tour of the Job Creation Exhibition stands of the beneficiaries. 

In his words, “These wealth Creation Programmes are practical and realistic. The Federal Government should visit Delta State to understudy the schemes and implement them for the benefits of Nigerians and the speedy industrial revolution of the country. For peace to reign in Nigeria, we must create jobs for the youths as it is being done in Delta State. This Delta State job creation projects do not only train the youths, but mentor them, empower them and monitor them to become successful entrepreneurs. This is what we will do for our youths when we take over government.”

The PDP presidential flag bearer commended Governor Okowa’s administration for the initiative, assuring Nigerians that his administration would explore sustainable means to create wealth for Nigerians.

Earlier in his address at the indoor ceremony which witnessed the inauguration of 1,180 STEP and YAGEP beneficiairies in the 2018/2019 Cycle and launch of certified packaged Delta Garri for exports, the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, emphasized, “After three full cycles of implementing these flagship programmes, I can boldly say that we have inched closer towards our goal of a more prosperous, diversified and resilient economy.”

He said that the economic downturn on his assumption of office had threatened to abort and derailed his campaign promise of prosperity for all Deltans, but he remained resolute. “However, we refused to be deterred, convinced and confident that our novel job creation scheme, geared at nurturing, supporting and promoting micro, small and medium scale enterprises would trigger off economic growth, social inclusion and sustainable development. We commenced implementation of our enterprise development Programme in form of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme and Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme.”     

“There is no better evidence of this assertion than the scores of previously unemployed youths who have become successful entrepreneurs and are here today to exhibit their products and services. 4, 253 previously unemployed youths have become business owners across various skills areas, notably Catering & Confectionery; Decoration & Event Management; Hairdressing & Makeover; Cosmetology; Electrical Installation & Repairs; Tiling; Plumbing; Fashion Design & Tailoring; Agricultural enterprises as Piggery; Fish Production; Poultry; Crop Production among other enterprises,” he remarked.  

While noting that the job creation efforts of his administration is a resounding success, Governor Okowa congratulated the beneficiaries of the programme for the success stories, he said some entrepreneurs raised by the programme had become employers of labour which multiplier effects on the family and that of the state remained significant,assuring that the number of beneficiaries will triple in the next four years..

Earlier the Honourable Commissioner for Finance and Chairman of the Job Creation Steering Committee, Dr. Kingsley Emu, thanked Governor OKowa for his commitment to creating jobs for Delta unemployed youths. 

On his part, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof. Eric Eboh, urged Deltans to patronize the products and services of the exhibitors.    

 

Written by Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh

 

A STEPreneur trained in Electrical Installation and Repairs has asserted that consistency, availability and customer care are the hallmark for any successful business. 

STEPreneur Uche Emmanuel made the assertion when he gave tips on “Critical Factors in Growing a Business from the Start: Lessons from my Personal Experience,” during a two day Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training for 41 Green STEP graduates in Asaba.

Uche Emmanuel who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Marvict Electrical Store was trained in Electrical Installation and Repairs in the 2016/2017 Cycle of the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP).

He said he has taken electrical installation to the next level by going for re-training in Transformer Installation and Repair at Obosi in Anambra State, which has enhanced his marketability and increased the quality of clients attracted to him.

He added that he has four employees and has achieved a lot for himself and his family in the past two years.

He advised them to adhere strictly to the following tips to sustain their enterprises:

  • ·     Put God first
  • ·     Be consistent
  • ·     Be available
  • ·     Uphold hard work above pleasure
  • ·     Maintain good customer relationship
  • ·     Politely explain to your clients the importance of using original material
  • ·     Make your installation unique
  • ·     Religiously keep business records and accounts

·     Be prudent in spending

·     Market your business, using your business card and on social media platf

·     Always make an allowance in your quotations to make room for unforeseen shortages

·     Go for further training

 

The Delta State Government has organized a one day practical training on Fish Processing to twelve youths under its Brown Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).

Each youth drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state was also given 2 fish smoking kilns, cash support of one hundred thousand naira and other technical support to set up business in Fish Processing.

The Resource Person, an Agricultural Engineer from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Dr. Emeka Chinwieze, said the training was aimed at impacting practical knowledge on modern techniques in fish processing to the YAGEPreneurs using modern fish smoking kiln fuelled with charcoal or gas.

 Dr. Chinwieze added that the training will acquaint the beneficiaries with engineering concept of using standard, contamination-free processes and machine built with stainless steel to dry fish so as to meet international standard.

A beneficiary conveying her smoking kiln home

Each smoking kiln has a chimney, a thermometer, uses either gas or coal and has the capacity to dry a 100kg quantity of fish within 36 to 76 hours.

Also speaking, an Economist from FUTO, Prof. Jude Illechi, pointed out that the trainees could thrive in Fish Processing without engaging in fish production, stressing that the training was to help them add value and make fish more marketable locally and internationally.

He enjoined the trainees to take the training seriously in order to train other youths interested in setting up businesses in Fish Processing.

On her part, the Communication Officer in the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, Mrs Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh, explained that the twelve trainees were selected from Brown YAGEPreneurs engaged by the state government in the 2018/2019 Programme Cycle.

She emphasized that each beneficiary would receive 2 fish smoking kilns, hundred thousand naira, one night accommodation and transport fare and other items to enable them to begin their enterprises.

Two of the beneficiaries, Ruth Ologe (Ughelli North) and Ofure Edema (Warri South) commended the state government for the opportunity to be trained in Fish Processing, pledging to put the knowledge gained and their smoking kilns into good use.

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