By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Four hundred and sixty women drawn from the 25 local government areas of Delta State who had successfully completed their training under the Women Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Programme (WESAP) were yesterday presented with starter packs in their respective areas of vocation by the state government.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the event centre in Asaba, the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa who congratulated beneficiaries of the programme, urged them to leverage on the opportunity provided for them by state government to enhance their socio-economic lives.
Governor Okowa enjoined them to use the knowledge and skills that they acquired during their training to positively impact on the lives of other Deltans, adding that the best way they could say thank you to the state government or thank God was to become an inspiring source of blessing to the society.
According to him, for them to become inspirational source of blessing to the society, first, they need to succeed and secondly, they need to take their success story further by ensuring that those around them also, succeeded.
He disclosed that it was not easy to just start a business venture and make it immediately in one day, two days, one month or two months, pointing out that they should realise that businesses grow gradually.
The governor maintained that growing a business requires a gradual process which, according to him, also required a lot of efforts and diligence, adding that they should be focused on what they do and be connected with the right people.
“As I congratulate you all, I want also to let you know that we are in a challenging time because of the COVID-19 pandemic which is going through a second wave now across the world, Nigeria is not excluded, the economy is challenging and that means it becomes tougher to be able to succeed in the economy of today.
“But I do know and believe that with the enthusiasm that I see in you and what I did see on the day of inauguration before the training started that you people are passionate and you are committed to succeeding.
“A passionate heart will never fail in whatever it seeks to do as long as you also connect to the Lord, our God because, you need the grace of God to succeed but that passion from the inside is very important for us to succeed.
“It is my prayer that God will bless your businesses and God will bless your homes because if your business is blessed and your home is not blessed, the money that you made may be siphoned into unnecessary things.”