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. 
















The importance of the Post Training Proficiency Test (PTPT) for graduands of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) has been underscored with a call on trainers to ensure that trainees sent to their training centers are well trained in their chosen vocational skills.

The Chief job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, made the assertion at a meeting in Asaba between the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau and trainers selected to work as panel of assessors during the PTPT for 2020/2021 Cycle STEP graduands who recently completed a four-month training in four vocational skills. 

The STEP graduands were to under-go the PTPT for a particular skill they were trained in, either in Hairdressing; Catering and Confectionery; PoP, Painting and Screed-Making, and Audio-Visual Services.

Prof Eboh explained that all the beneficiaries would be subjected to a test to confirm their proficiency in the skills learnt and to prove that they actually learnt the skills for which they were enrolled in STEP. 

He stated that only those who passed the test would be given starter pack.

“The start-up support cannot be given to someone who has not learnt or passed the test. If we do that, it means we are sowing a seed for failure. The proficiency test is very important for the programme, for quality assurance. For the programme to succeed, the trainees must prove that they have learnt the skills,” he maintained.

While thanking the trainers for partnering with the state government in nurturing unemployed youths into entrepreneurs, he pointed that their selection and engagement as members of the PTPT panel of assessors was an indication that they have performed creditably well during the training process.

One of the selected trainers, Mrs. Mary Odugala of the Delta State Vocational Centre, Asaba expressed her appreciation to the bureau for selecting her to work as a member of the panel of assessors for the PTPT, adding that the trainees who graduated from her center were fully ready for the test.

In the same vein, Mr. Vincent Obiake, a trainer in PoP, Painting and Screed-Making, while commending the state government for the job creation initiative, assured the bureau that the graduands from his center were thoroughly trained and would past the PTPT excellently.

Written By Ese Laura Oghene 



-Says Goal is to Ensure High Quality, Effective Training Process at Training Centers. 

In furtherance of its efforts at ensuring that trainees of the its STEP programme graduate into seasoned entrepreneurs and wealth creators, the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau has held its Second Mid-Training Review Meeting with STEP trainees.

In furtherance of its determination to curb unemployment, the Delta State Government has flagged-off the 2020/2021 Graduate Internship Facility (GIF) of the Graduates Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP.)

The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, disclosed this today during the flag-off ceremony of GIF at the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau in Asaba.

Prof Eboh explained that the 2020/2021 GIF would commence with 3 graduate nominees who have been interviewed and selected by Premium Steel and Mines Ltd, Aladja, pointing out that the GIF would last for six months during which the graduate interns would be paid a stipend in the sum of ₦50,000 monthly in addition to other benefits given by the host company. 

“The GIF is designed to provide an opportunity for fresh graduates to gain the much-desired work experience in order to improve their employability by private sector establishments. Host private sector establishments are expected to absorb the graduate interns into substantive employment after the internship period,” he stated.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Esther Ifeanyi Konwea who studied Psychology from the Delta State University said she graduated from the university since 2018, adding that she was grateful to God and to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for giving her the opportunity to be part of the programme.

She expressed optimism that the programme if continued would enable more youths and graduates to become beneficiaries, thereby reducing youth unemployment.

She pledged to be a good ambassador of GEEP and to serve her host company diligently during the six months internship in order to be retained by Premium Steel and Mines Ltd, Aladja.

By Ese Laura Oghene.



Four years after, STEP beneficiary shares amazing testimony of success story.

-Says Gov. Okowa’s Job Creation Programme is so Real and Well Thought Out.

 ATANO, OCHUKO KELVIN has a BSC in Accounting and a PGD in Business Management from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. He hails from Ughelli North Local Government Area. He got enrolled in the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) in the 2017/2018 Cycle and was trained in Electrical Installation and Repairs. He is the Co-MD/CEO of JK Science & Tech Innovative Company LTD, a company that deals in all fields of Electrical and Electronics Engineering; known for the production of electronic devices and to offer electrical services. They manufacture inverters, car trackers, household alarm devices, security devices etc. 


The Delta State Government has introduced Apiculture in its Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) in addition to Fish, Crop, Piggery and Poultry Productions in the 2020/2021 Cycle.

The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer in charge of the Delta Job and Wealth Creation Bureau disclosed this innovation in a one-day Orientation and Farm Enterprise Training organized for 128 Brown YAGEP beneficiaries in Government House, Asaba.

The beneficiaries constitute those in livestock enterprises selected to benefit in the second batch of the 2020/2021 Brown YAGEP Cycle as Poultry, Piggery, Fish Production and Bee-Keeping (Apiculture).

Prof Eboh applauded them for meeting the criteria for selection in the programme, especially the 24 pioneer beneficiaries in Bee-Keeping and commending Comrade Sunny Ojenima for facilitating the inclusion of Bee Farming into the job creation programme.

He pointed out that the 2020/2021 YAGEP Cycle is the sixth cycle and that 1,174 youths have been trained and established in their choice enterprises either in Crop Production, Fish Production, Poultry and Piggery in the first five cycles.

He explained that a total of 286 YAGEP beneficiaries have been enrolled into the programme in this sixth cycle. He charged them to take the training seriously so as to acquire new skills that would boost their enterprises.

“Except those who turned the other way round, no beneficiary was trained and remained the same. The wish of His Excellency, the Governor is that your story will never remain the same. You will agree with me that the process has been transparent. We confirmed your farms and documentations during the physical verification exercise.

“That is the wish of the Governor that we select only those who are already in agriculture and help them to grow and survive rather than chasing after people who do not have interest in agriculture. By virtue of your invitation to this workshop, you are admitted into this programme,” he remarked. 

On his part, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring, the helmsman in charge of the Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM), Mr. Edward Mekwunye, represented by the Head Technical DYMM, Pastor Festus Eligbo, admonished the beneficiaries to apply knowledge gained at the training to ensure business success, assuring them that DYMM would continue to monitor and mentor them at different stages. 

The Senior Special Assistants to the Governor on Job and Wealth Creation, Engr Chukwuka Osumili, Mr. Emmanuel Osazuwa and Prince Charles Abutoh while charging them to be committed to their enterprises, urged them to take full advantage of the programme to take their businesses to the next level.

The beneficiaries were taken through lectures on, “Record Keeping” and “Best Practices in Farm Enterprise Management” by the Resources Persons- Miss Emmanuella Clinton (Poultry), Mr. Chiweike Nwankwo (Fish Production), Mr. John Okafor (Piggery) and Comrade Sunday Ojenima (Bee Keeping) respectively.

Feeding questions from newsmen, the Facilitator for Bee Keeping in the state, Comrade Sunday Ojenima, said the introduction of the enterprise into YAGEP is a welcome development that will boost the economic fortunes of Delta youths.

The Shell Petroleum trained Bee Keeper said Bee Keeping is a lucrative business, explaining that bee is the greatest pollinator. He advised that if every farmer invest in Bee Keeping, more food will be produced in the state in addition to other benefits as honey, bee wax and other products.

He tasked more Deltans to key into Bee Farming, describing it as a zero-level and cost-effective farm enterprise that requires only minimal initial capital to set up.

Responding on behalf of others, Sunday Evelyn in Bee Keeping and Shedrack Osakwe in Fish Production expressed gratitude to the State Government for the job creation initiative. They pledged to apply the knowledge acquired to improve their farming techniques.


By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh