Okowa recently disclosed this at the graduation and starter-pack presentation to 776 beneficiaries of the state government’s Rural Youth Skills Acquisition (RYSA) programme in Asaba.
According to him, the state government has several skills acquisition programmes aimed at grooming an army of entrepreneurs, and his administration will keep exploring it.
He then listed some of the programmes as Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Women Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Programme (WESAP) and Girls Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (GEST) Programme.
His words, “Hopefully, by that time, the era of our young people roaming the streets in search of non-existent jobs would have become a thing of the past.”
“Less than a week ago, we empowered 437 young ladies with various starter-packs to commence their businesses. Today, we are resourcing 776 young men and women under our Rural Youth Skills Acquisition Programme (RYSA).”
“As it is with all our entrepreneurship development programmes, they have been taken through a rigorous training regiment which included modules in personal effectiveness, business management and proficiency test.”
“Those that are being empowered today have proved their worth and readiness to commence their entrepreneurial journey.”
“I am pleased with the reports I received from the managers of the programme. This pioneer set have set a new standard for future beneficiaries as they voluntarily engaged in various community services at their own cost.”
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