Delta State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, Wednesday, June 2, said the state government would partner Isoko youths on skills training in the oil and gas industry.
Okowa disclosed this when he received the President, members and Board of Trustees of the Isoko National Youths Assembly (INYA) at Government House, Asaba.
He congratulated the President on his successful election and commended the youths of Isoko nation for their partnership with government in ensuring peace and security in their area.
He stated that his administration couldn’t have achieved much without the peaceful atmosphere created by youths in the state.
The governor stated that at every point in time he had always believed in free and fair elections, where dialogue cannot produce a consensus candidate.
He said that he is glad that the Isoko National Youth Assembly president spoke so well about the issues that affects the Isoko nation, noting that he is happy that they are thinking in the direction of synergy with the state government in terms of training of Isoko youths in the area of skill acquisition and development.
He encouraged the INYA president to make sure that the 50 persons trained by his predecessor that he mentioned, are monitored to ensure that most of them remain in business.
The governor however lamented that the greatest problem his administration suffered in the past was that, after training people and giving them starter packs, about 80 percent of them sell off the packs.
We have been undertaking entrepreneurship programmes to make sure our youths are engaged and we have also monitored them closely.
He promised to sit down with the youth body and look into their proposal, so that the state government can know where they can provide support, he said.
On the request for inclusion of Isoko youths into the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Okowa said “The idea behind the Amnesty programme was to train the youths to be either self employed or employed in the private sector to become self-reliant and I believe that the amnesty office should truly re-engineer the entrepreneurship programme.
“If many youths establish themselves they will take up more youths and the effect will pay off in the years to come in terms of reduction in unemployment,”
On conversion of Oleh campus to a Polytechnic, Okowa said his administration was not thinking in that direction as he was committed to ensuring full functionality of the newly created universities.
He added that the universities will help solve the problems of lots of Deltans who go to any length, including out of the shores of this country ,just to get university education,” Okowa stated.
Earlier, President of the Isoko National Youths Assembly, Comrade Amos Etaluku had commended the governor for his developmental strides in the Isoko nation and beyond.
He called for the partnership of the state government in the training of Isoko youths in various skills acquisition in oil and gas development.
He appealed to government for the completion of the electricity step down project in Ozoro and partner with INYA for the proposed Isoko Youth Peace and Security Summit.
“Your Excellency, since the commencement of the non-violent stage of the amnesty programme, no single Isoko youth had been admitted into the amnesty programme and we consider it as injustice to the peaceful Isoko youths.
He also laid emphasis on the exclusion of Isoko youths in the GMOU in Heritage Energy Oil Services, saying that is another bitter pill that is difficult to swallow.