From Paul Osuyi, Asaba
The Delta State Government has approved the commencement of a new cycle for its empowerment schemes tagged the Rural Youths Skill Acquisition (RYSA) and the Girls Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (GEST).
Commissioner for Information Mr Charles Aniagwu announced the approval at a press briefing at Government House, Asaba.
Aniagwu, who was flanked by his Youths Development counterpart, Ifeanyi Egwunyenga and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, stated that the approval followed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s desire to upscale the number of intakes for the various job creation programmes.
He said 900 girls are expected to be empowered under the project GEST while 810 youths are being targeted under the RYSA programme.
‘The approvals touched on human capital development as well as development of infrastructure and other issues that affect the lives of the people of the state.
‘We have made a lot of impact since we revamped the 6 existing technical colleges with the construction of additional 9 new ones.
‘Exco approved some roads for the Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency, namely the Mama Mbanugo and other adjoining streets by the Capital Territory, Odilison Junior Crescent, Oligidi layout along Ibusa Road, Asaba and Phase I of Jeremiah Eboh, Nwofor and adjoining streets in Oshimili North and Oshimili South,’ he stated.
Aniagwu further said that the state government also approved the appointment of two traditional rulers, HRM Isaiah Isike, Edekere I, Odiologbo of Olomoro Kingdom in Isoko South Local Government Area and HRH Clement Ejiofor as traditional ruler of Ukala Kingdom in Oshimili North Local Government Area.
On his part, Egwunyenga said Exco approved another cycle for two youth investments programmes for youths under the Rural Youths Skill Acquisition (RYSA) and the Girls Empowerment and Skills Training Programme (GEST).
He stated that the essence of the recent approvals was to further deepen the state government’s job creation programme with the aim of bringing it closer to the people.
‘More importantly in the RYSA Programme, the community business school, the mindset and value reorientation is to ensure that the starter packs are put to productive use.
‘The governor’s drive is tied to sustainability of the job creation programmes and we have had a collaborative effort with all MDAs on training processes and provision of starter packs.
‘Very soon the RYSA programme and the GEST programme will roll out for another cycle,’ Egwunyenga said.