From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, is committed to vocational training, empowerment and education of the girl child which was why he created the office of the Senior Special Assistant on Girl Child Education, in this tenure as an integral part of the Stronger Delta Agenda.
Executive Assistant to the Governor on Communications, Barr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe said parents need to wake up to their responsibilities and join hands with government to make life better for the girl child and children generally by inculcating in them good moral values, fear of God and to pray without ceasing.
The EAC to Gov Okowa made the call while speaking at Save The Girl Child book launch to mark the birthday anniversary of the author, Pastor Fidelis Onakpoma at the weekend in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State. The occasion took place at DELSU Senior Staff Club, Campus one.
He disclosed that governor Okowa, has done well in youth and women empowerment through the Youth Agriculture and Skills Training Entrepreneurship Programmes, YAGEP and STEP, adding that over 6,000 persons have benefited, and they are now employers of labour and bread winners for their families while new intakes selected from 278 wards in the state, are undergoing training.
Oghenesivbe posited that the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Girl Child Education has put in place structures to effectively and efficiently handle vocational training and empowerment of the girl child and in the token appointed 25 females as local government coordinators to oversee the affairs of trainees assigned to trainers across the three senatorial districts.
The vocational training is for girls between age 18 and 30 years in Delta, devoid of political affiliation with trainers assigned to each local government across the three senatorial districts, he pointed out.
He assured that beneficiaries will come out better and more useful to themselves, their families and to society and at the same time help to reduce unemployment and prostitution among girls and women.