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Delta plans to train youth entrepreneurs

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Delta State government yesterday said that it would soon start training youths from seven tertiary institutions in entrepreneurship in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Youths Development, Mr. Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, disclosed in Asaba when the executives of the Delta State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him an advocacy visit to intimate him about the forthcoming NUJ Press Week.

According to him: “My ministry will be collaborating with other relevant ministries such as those of Science and Technology, Agriculture and Oil and Gas in training youths to become entrepreneurs and contribute positively to the development of the state. Youth development programme was encompassing and would be done in strata. It will need a lot of collaboration, synergy even from the government, private sector and family to be able to have a wholesome youth development process.

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“We have designed a programme for the semi-literate and non-literate youths who are predominantly resident in the rural areas, which is ‘Rural Youth Skills Acquisition programme that will be domiciled in each local council of the state as part of Okowa administration’s efforts to develop rural economy and engage the semi-literate and the non-literate youths in their immediate environment.” He added that the need to capture the literate-minded youths who they believe are the best people to be trained in entrepreneurship can’t be overlooked because of their level of educational exposure and environment.

In his remarks, Chairman of NUJ, Delta State Council, Michael Ikeogwu, assured that the union was ready to partner with the ministry in its programmes designed for the well-being of the youths in the society, expressing concern on involvement of some youths in social vices, including cultism, terrorism, ritual killings, armed robbery, which he said, posed a serious threat to the society and the youths.He, therefore, advocated proper youth engagement that goes beyond just training and empowering them and the need for their effective and sustainable mentoring.

In another development, wife of Delta State Governor and Founder, O5 Initiative, Dame Edith Okowa, has set up another sickle cell clinic at the General Hospital, Ogwashi Uku, in Aniocha South Local Council, bringing the total to 14 in the state.Dame Okowa, while unveiling the medical facility, said that the clinic would save lives.

In a statement signed by her Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Alicia Dominic Okobi, in Asaba yesterday, the governor’s wife said: “We made a promise when this journey started to establish a referral centre in Asaba. I am glad to say that the promise has been fulfilled. The Delta State Sickle Cell Centre is fully fitted with modern equipment, manned by skilled and qualified personnel and has so far handled with great success, major challenges faced by sickle cell warriors.”She, therefore, urged members of the public to “join hands in sickle cell advocacy and contribute to their welfare and do not engage in stigmatisation of sufferers and charged parents not to discriminate against any of their child in such condition.”

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