First Lady of Bayelsa State, Dr. (Mrs) Gloria Diri, has stressed that the development of the state should not be left in the hands of few individuals or the government alone, noting that it is a collective thing.
She made the assertion at Kpansia-Epie, Yenagoa on Thursday, September 16, during the official Commissioning and Graduation Ceremony of Trainees at the Douye Diri Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Center, Southern Ijaw Constituency IV.
“The Development of Bayelsa State is in the hands of all Bayelsans, one individual alone cannot develop Bayelsa, the collective will of all Bayelsans is required to take Bayelsa to its envisioned height so every individual should endeavour to render selfless service.
“It is only when everyone contributes to building and investing in people by entrenching legacies that would outlive tenures of public office then posterity will benefit and applaud such goodwill”, she said.
Mrs Diri was quoted in a press statement by her media aide, Maria Olodi-Osumah to have also expressed delight with the various skills displayed by the products of the Center wherein women,youths and girls have acquired training on various skills for self-sustenance.
She lauded the efforts of the initiator, Mrs. Charity Kens, who is also the Director, Center for Women Development in Southern Ijaw Constituency IV, noting that empowering women and girls will have a positive multiplier effect on the economy of Bayelsa State.
The First Lady reiterated the commitment of the Prosperity Government to living up to its promise of bringing prosperity to all Bayelsans through meaningful engagements, adding that “Bayelsa seeks more of such platforms to mentor and groom girls and boys to have the Bayelsa of our dreams”.
According to her, women have been certified to thrive in Small and Medium Enterprises, adding that apart from learning a skill, it will further boost their entrepreneurial skills and managerial knowledge.
Initiator of the Skills Acquisition Empowerment programme, Charity Kens expressed appreciation to the Prosperity Government, led by Senator Douye Diri for creating the enabling environment for the center to thrive.
She said the center, on inception seven months ago, had over one thousand entrants but the 814 graduands are the ones who completed the daily intensive training in catering and event management services, tailoring, bead /hat making, hair braiding, shoe making and perfumery, among others.
Highpoint of the graduation ceremony was the cutting of a cake and presentation of made-in-Bayelsa shoes by the youth entrepreneurs to Mrs Gloria Diri.