Delta Govt hands out starter packs to Entrepreneurship Programme graduates




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By Clara Egbogota


Asaba – The Delta Government has started the handing out of starter packs to the 2019/2020 Cycle graduates of its Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) to establish them in their chosen businesses.
Mr Nkenchor Onyeisi, Coordinator of STEP, Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer, said that the handing out of starter packs to the beneficiaries was approved after they were certified by the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer.
Onyeisi said that they were given the starter packs after they had completed their training and passed the Completion Proficiency Test meritoriously.
“This is to ensure that the STEPreneurs numbering 112 were properly put into groups of 20 each in two segments daily to ensure physical distancing in compliance to the COVID-19 preventive guidelines.
“The graduating STEPreneurs included those trained in Catering and Confectionery; Decoration and Event Management; PoP, Screed-Making and Painting; of Cleaning Agents, and Hairdressing, Makeover and Braiding,” he said.
Onyeisi, while commending the state government for sustaining the programme in the past five years, said that through STEP, thousands of unemployed youths had been gainfully engaged to live meaningful lives.
“The beneficiaries have come out stronger having gone through the various training activities such as the and Personal Effectiveness Training; the hands-on-training at the various training centres across the state.
“The Completion Proficiency Test, and the Entrepreneurship and Business Management Training 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 for the programme and graduated without hitch.
“I am happy for you that you started well and that you are finishing strong,” he stated.
He explained that the starter packs given to them were grant except the shop rent which is a micro credit with 6 months moratorium payable within 24 months.
“The state government has provided them with the needed support packages to own and run their businesses successfully,” Onyeisi said.
He charged them to remain focussed 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 possible time.

(NAN)