- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has reiterated his government’s commitment to empowering girls in Delta State
- The governor also pledged that his government would continue to strive to break new ground in its quest to empower girls.
- Governor Okowa made the promise during the 2021/2022 Girls’ Entrepreneurship and Skills Training Program in Asaba
Asaba- Delta Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said on Thursday, March 10 that his administration’s passion for empowering girls is rooted in the need to break away from issues of gender discrimination, poverty and low self-esteem among young women.
He said so during the graduation ceremony for the beneficiaries of the Girls’ Entrepreneurship and Skills Training Program 2021/2022 (GEST Project) at the Asaba Event Center.
The governor said girls’ empowerment is primarily aimed at improving the economic and social status of traditionally disadvantaged girls in society, noting that empowering girls aged 18 to 30 has become a major public policy issue.
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“Six months ago, the second cycle of trainees under the Girls’ Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (GEST) Program began.
“It is with great pleasure that I witness today their entry into the world of business and entrepreneurship.
“It is instructive that this event takes place 48 hours after International Women’s Day 2022, with the theme ‘Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future’.
“The focus is on how to ‘break the biases’ that women face every day in the global marketplace and thereby accelerate gender parity, equality, inclusion and diversity.
“Today, as we recruit and release 814 young women into business, we can rejoice that this administration is taking important steps to break the stigma against women in business.”
Okowa urged recipients to break free from the mindset of mediocrity, advising them that to excel in the marketplace, they must make quality products and excellent service delivery their unique selling points.
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He stressed that self-confidence and self-confidence were essential prerequisites for success in business and that no potential client would deal with a businessman who was unsure of himself or his business. product.
He commended the GEST project team for their commitment to the program, saying he was pleased with their zeal, passion and dedication to duty.
The Governor’s wife, Dame Edith Okowa, said the beneficiaries had succeeded because of God’s grace upon their lives and urged them to remain resilient and ensure absolute integrity in carrying out their business.
Special Guest of Honor and General Manager of House-of-Tara, Ms Tara Fela-Durotoye, said the recipients were true champions for enduring hard times training to emerge victorious from the careers they have chosen.
She urged recipients to build their businesses to last by leaving a lasting impression in the minds of their customers.
Earlier in her welcoming remarks, the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant for Girls’ Empowerment, Ms. Marilyn Okowa-Daramola, said that the second cycle known as “Magnificent 900” had followed the process, maintained the concentration and crossed the finish line.
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She said the GEST project has continued to change the story of so many young girls in Delta by making them well-educated entrepreneurs with the tools to face today’s economic challenges.
Graduates of the second cycle were trained in 10 skill areas, namely photography, videography, ICT (website development and graphic design), bakery/confectionery, leather goods, professional cleaning services, disc -jockey, fashion design, hair and makeup.
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Recall that last year, the Delta State government expressed its readiness to partner with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) to develop the skills and entrepreneurship of the youths of the state.
Governor Okowa declared his government’s intention when he received a courtesy visit from the executive members of the Edo/Delta branch of the association at Government House, Asaba.
He commended the group for their contributions to the economic development of the state and assured them that his administration would partner with MAN to train the state’s youth in relevant skills.
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Youth in the Delta are making a difference in the national economy, says Governor Okowa
In a related development, Governor Okowa said the state’s youth are making a remarkable difference in the economic development of communities, the state and the country.
Okowa said so during the launch of the second round of the Rural Youth Skills Acquisition (RYSA) program held at the National Youths Service Corps Permanent Orientation Camp, Issele-Uku Local Government Area of Aniocha North State.
He said the second cycle of RYSA labeled “Making a Difference” was imperative as the youth of the Delta were poised to change the narrative about youth in the country, and in particular the state.