THE Delta State Government on Friday presented starter packs to 112 beneficiaries who graduated from its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) to establish them in their chosen businesses.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Asaba, Mr. Nkenchor Onyeisi, the Coordinator of STEP in the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, said that the presentation was approved after the trainees were certified by the office.
Onyeisi congratulated the beneficiaries for the successful completion of their three months training.
He affirmed that they were invited to receive their starter packs because they had been certified by the job creation office to begin their enterprises, having meritoriously completed all the activities in the programme.
He commended the state government for sustaining the programme for the past five
He stated that through STEP thousands of unemployed youth had been gainfully engaged to live meaningful lives.
The coordinator recalled that the beneficiaries had come out stronger, having gone through the various training activities.
He gave the activities as the Orientation and Personal Effectiveness Training; the hands-on-training at the various training centres across the state; with Business Management Training which ended last week.
“The job creation programme is a progressive package. Progression into the next stage is built on the previous one. Without success in one, you cannot proceed to the next phase.
“You are among the successful ones who enrolled in the programme and graduated without hitches.
”I am particularly happy for you that you started well and that you are finishing strong,” he said.
Onyeisi explained that the starter packs given to them were grants while the shops’ rents were micro credits with six months moratorium and payable within 24 months.
He noted that the state government had provided them with the needed support package to own and run their businesses successfully.
He urged them to remain focused and committed to their businesses, to register their enterprises
and to hit the ground running in order to become great entrepreneurs and job creators in the shortest time possible.
The graduating ‘STEPreneurs’ included those trained in catering and confectionery, decoration and events management, and the making of PoP for builders.
Others were: screeds making and painting, production of cleaning agents, hairdressing, makeover, and braiding.
Miss Lizy Emefiele, who trained in catering, expressed gratitude to the state government for offering them the platform to acquire skills free of charge and for nurturing them into entrepreneurs.
She pledged to use the knowledge acquired to improve her life as well as the lives of others. (NAN)
– Jun. 26, 2020 @ 16:25 GMT |