Determined to battle the problem of unemployment in the state, the Delta State Government has given 322 young entrepreneurs starter packs and working capital after training in various skills.

Beneficiaries were trained in events management and decoration, hair dressing, barbing, tiling, POP and interlocking/landscape.

Speaking during the distribution of the tools, Prof. Eric Eboh, State Chief Job Creation Officer, revealed that a number of measures had been put in place to enable the artisans to succeed.

Eboh said gone were the days when such opportunities were abused by recipients of government gesture as he said the artisans were established to become employers of labour and change the economic landscape of Delta State.

According to him, monitoring and mentoring mechanisms have been put in place to ensure sustainability of the programme and its quality compliance by the recipients.

“The mentoring is in collaboration with the Micro-credit and Poverty Alleviation Programme of the state government. We shall then from time to time visit them, know how they cope with the business, advise where necessary in order to avoid the pitfalls of the past,” Eboh stated.

Meanwhile, a young entrepreneur, who at the weekend attempted to sell his working tools presented to him by the Delta State Government in its drive to create employment for youths has been arrested by the police.

The suspect, one Austin Igbaran, was nabbed after collecting the sum of N50,000 for his plastic chairs and tables from another youth who posed as a buyer at the venue of distribution of the items in Asaba, the state capital.

Igbaran was trained in the event management and decoration category and according to him, “I sold the items in order to get money to boost the decoration aspect of the business.”

A driver attached to a top government official had posed as the potential buyer of the items and after negotiation, paid the sum before he was arrested.

Some of the beneficiaries interviewed expressed satisfaction with the state government wealth and employment creation programme.

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