UGHELLI – Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State governor, has lauded the chairman of Ughelli North Local Government, Hon. Godwin Adode, over his empowerment programme, just as he urged leaders in the area to align with the programme.
Okowa spoke during the presentation of starter packs and certificates to beneficiaries and graduands to ‘Okowa/Adode Empowerment Scheme’ Phase One.
Some of the Items distributed were 64 sewing machines, hair dryers and washing basins. Award presentation and certificates of participation to over 300 persons was also carried out.
Joyce Overah, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who represented the governor, said, “This is in line with the Smart Agenda of our amiable governor and I am appealing to all leaders to form synergies with Ughelli North chairman to bring governance to the grassroots.”
Earlier, Chairman of Ughelli North, Hon. Godwin Adode said, “As part of efforts to solve the problem of youth restiveness and to stimulate the economy by making our youths self-sufficient, I keyed into the Skill Acquisition Programme of our Amiable Governor, Dr. Arthur Okowa by organising an elaborate skill acquisition programme.
“And Since I assumed office, I have carried out several development projects within available resources and this is one of them.”
Speaking further, he held that “about 500 youths both male and female were selected from the various communities in Ughelli North Local Government Area to be trained and grilled for over six months on fashion/ designing, hairdressing, facial make-up, among others.
“And the end of the training and as part of our electioneering campaign promises, we will empower the best that completed the training among the 500 trainees,” he said.
Adode appealed to the state and federal governments, corporate bodies and the indigenes of the Ughelli North to key into the laudable programme by supporting him to sustain it.