Gov. Okowa Gives Scholarship To 1000 Delta Technical Board–CBN Skills Commercialization Trainees


In pursuant to his SMART agenda, governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has paid the statutory fees for the first tranche of 1000 trainees as scholarship at the three weeks training on Commercialization of skills of trainees at the Delta Technical and Vocational Centre (Asaba Centre) which commenced Monday.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Michael Akpobire who disclosed this while declaring open the three weeks training in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), called on all trainees to remain focused during the period of training even as he commended the CBN for partnering with Delta State Government towards skills commercialization and youth Entrepreneurship Development programme of trainees to live a fulfilled life.

“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has graciously paid the statutory fees for the first tranche of 1000 trainees as scholarship and I must advise all the trainees not to take this rare opportunity for granted. The Central Bank of Nigeria is giving out loans of single digit to trainees.

“But how to access it is a major challenge in our society today because loans are tied to strigent conditions. The certificate to be issued out after this training and a sellable business plan, is one of the key towards securing loan from CBN without stress.” Akpobiri said.

In his remark, the CBN South South Representative on Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Mr. Emeka Nnamani, appreciated the visionary leadership, effort and persistence of Delta State Government towards making the exercise a reality and towards Job creation.

Mr. Nnamani also noted, that the training is not only for the benefit of the trainees, but Delta State in general, putting into consideration of the multiplier effect, adding that CBN Enterpreneuship is not just bringing skills, but how to commercialize skills with the requisite market forces and come out successful.

“For you to be certified in the programme, you must develop what is called a business model and a business plan, it is compulsory that every trainee will have a business plan at the end of the programme. Because a man or woman that cannot put up a business plan for his or her business cannot run a business.

“The first empowerment during the training is “MENTAL EMPOWERMENT” because a man that is mentally empowered will know what to do with money when he receives it. Outside the trainee, the centre will also support trainees in accessing market for their products. Trainees will further have access to the centre for 18 months for free,” Nnamani added.

The Delta State Vocational Centres comprises of courses such as, Welding and Fabrication, Computer Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Fashion Designing, Catering, Hair Dressing, Decoration, Beed Making, Make Over, among others.


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