Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has disclosed that the Multi Million Naira Entrepreneur Skill Acquisition and Manufacturing Factory project at Issele-Uku would be commissioned in the next few weeks.
Governor Uduaghan who stated that the entrepreneurial development centre was sponsored by the Delta State government in conjunction with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) described the project as one that would empower the youths in the state and produce future entrepreneurs.
The governor who was taken round the sprawling centre sitting on more two hectares of land yesterday [28-04-15] by the Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Dr Anthonia Ashiedu said the centre was initially designed for shoe manufacturing and leather world but due to interests by investors, it has been expanded to accommodate the production of other items, including Akwu-Ocha, bottling of Palm Wine, among others.
"I am happy that we have recorded successes, I am happy we have reached this stage, this is a training centre for the manufacturing of all sorts of leather works and it has been expanded to accommodate other products that are not leather," the Governor said.
He added, "this training institution is part of the achievements in the area of Delta Beyond Oil, a lot of entrepreneurs will be trained here and called on the youths to always protect projects in their areas."
The Governor commended the people of Issele-Uku, especially, the youths for protecting the projects located in their area.
On the sustainability of the project, Governor Uduaghan who disclosed that the Delta State government provided the funds for the project while UNIDO is providing the technical expertise, including the construction, assured Deltans that "there is an agency backed by law which is overseeing the programme to ensure its sustainability and if anything, the incoming administration of Dr Okowa (Delta State Governor-elect) will improve on it."
He stated, "UNIDO has provided machines that will make the weaving of Akwa-Ocha faster and there are other agencies that are interested and are investing in this project."
Dr Ashiedu who took the Governor through the show rooms, factories, bakeries, among others thanked the Governor for his commitment to the success of the project.
Chairman of Aniocha North local government area of the state, Hon. Chuks Oseme expressed confidence that the project would absorb most of the teeming youths of the area.
Hon. Oseme thanked the Governor for siting the project in Issele-Uku, assuring that the youths will continue to contribute to the success of the project.