Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –By Albert OGRAKA-
The Delta state Chief Job Creation Officer, Professor Eric Eboh, has charged prospective trainers under the state government’s job creation programmes which includes the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) and Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP) not to bring the name of the state government to disrepute.
Prof. Eboh, who stated this during a meeting with the trainers in Asaba on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 also issued the rules of engagement to the prospective trainers, ahead of the second phase of the employment and entrepreneural programmes, in line with the policy objectives of the Delta state governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.
At the meeting, which was largely interactive, the Chief Job Creation Officer, advised trainers to hencefoth desist from colluding with trainees to play truancy in the programme and frowned at such tendencies, which he said could lead to the delisting of culpable trainers and suspension of defaulting trainees from the programme.
Prof. EBOH, while insisting that the selection of the trainers followed a tactical process with a view to establish trainees and see them through their success, a benchmark of the Job Creation Office, listed the criteria for the selection to include functionality, accessibility, capacity and availability.
He however disclosed that a new yardstick for admitting trainees into the programmes is the signing of a bond agreement with the state government by the trainees, to shut out hoodlums with intents to truncate the programme, which he said has gulped a lot of funds from the Governor Okowa led government.
He said the exercise was the sole vision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to ensure delivery of first rate job creation programme for producing entrepreneurs, managers and leaders from the population of unemployed youths in Delta state.
According to Prof. Eboh, “The successful trainees and beneficiaries from these programmes will help drive the economic diversification of Delta state.”
He therefore said the job creation scheme is underpinned by core values of integrity, transparency, inclusiveness, credibility, partnership and quality service delivery, as contained in the state governor’s charge to the Job Creation Office.
On their part, the trainers lauded the efforts of the Chief Job Creation Officer who is living out the goals and aspirations of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who they said, is truly committed to the agenda of ‘Prosperity for all Deltans’, tagging it “An Unprecedented Achievement”.
Also members of the Independent Monitoring and Evaluation Groups for STEP and YAGEP, who were selected on the basis of their personal integrity, gave their own assessment.
In their opinion, the programme has been a huge success as the trainers opened their doors wide for the trainees to gain full knowledge of their chosen enterprises.
Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP)
YAGEP involves the training and development of youth entrepreneurs in agriculture and agribusiness and equipping participants to establish their own enterprises. This scheme is an integral part of the administration’s agenda to curb youth unemployment and develop the agricultural economy of the state for wealth creation. Alumni of the programme will be branded and promoted as YAGEPreneurs.
Participants are supported to establish and run their own enterprises through the provision of starter packs which, in the case of livestock enterprises, include livestock houses, operating facilities, amenities and inputs. In addition, participants receive buffer stipends during the enterprise gestation period and some working capital to purchase inputs and/or working materials.
Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP)
STEP encompasses the training of youths in different skills/trade and helping them to establish their own enterprises for self-employment and to become employers of labour. Alumni of the programme will be branded and promoted as STEPreneurs.
Under STEP, unemployed youths will undergo a 3-phase training plan comprising life skills and orientation course, vocational skills training and business/entrepreneurship training.
Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP)
GEEP encompasses training in Engineering, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Agro-processing and Environmental discipline.
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