Training youths for Empowerment

The Bayelsa state’s commissioner for Youths Development, Mr. Udensi Eradiri, has revealed that the state government during the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson has trained and equipped over 1000 youths in the state in various trades and business ventures.

The commissioner disclosed this on Wednesday in Yenagoa, at a business development seminar organised by the government for the youths.

He said the youths were carefully selected and trained in different skills and rudiments in establishing small scale businesses in order to become entrepreneurs in the future.

According to him the spirit and drive of entrepreneurial vision have in the course of the training been impacted on the youths to the extent that they will in the nearest future fulfill their ambitions as future entrepreneurs in the state and in the country.

According to him, the seminar tagged: ”Bayelsa Business Linkage Forum”, is aimed at bringing out the entrepreneurial skills in the youths.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Eradiri, was the immediate past Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) President, Worldwide.

He said that the programme was part of the initiatives of the state government to engage young people meaningfully, and train them to be job creators and not job seekers.

“Youths development is what we are doing today, often times, people see youths as those often involved in crimes and other nefarious activities.

“But the truth is that a lot of young people are enterprising, many of them are serious-minded, that is why we thought it wise to bring those of them who are doing business together and use them as ambassadors for other young people.

“It’s parts of our initiatives to engage the youths meaningfully, teach them how to create jobs, because it is small businesses like this that will actually create jobs that we are talking about.

“If you develop one entrepreneur, he may end up employing five to twenty other persons, that is why we as a government must start to encourage them and bring them to a roundtable with industry operators and also expose them to loan facilities.

“We have already collated a database of young entrepreneurs in our ministry, we want to know those who are productive so that we will collaborate with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to train them on how to boost their businesses,” he said.

The Bayelsa state Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah(Rtd), in his remarks said the seminar was timely and necessary to galvanise the youths and challenged them to become masters of their destiny.

While declaring the seminar and training open, Jonah disclosed that it was deliberately arranged to position the state for industrial development.

He observed that the state was rich in abundance raw materials which if properly utilized would launch it into an industrial revolution. He urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity of the training to build a prosperous future for themselves.