Delta partners with MAN for entrepreneurship development | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Delta State Government yesterday declared its readiness to partner with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) to equip the state’s youth with entrepreneurial skills.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said this when he received the executive members of the Edo/Delta Chapter of the Association on a courtesy call at Government House in Asaba.

Okowa praised the group for its contributions to the economic development of the state and assured that his administration would partner with MAN to train young people in relevant skills.

He said: “There is no doubt that you are stakeholders in our partnership to develop our dear State because through your various manufacturing units, you help us generate jobs.

“I must commend you for your contributions to the development of our state through the taxes and levies we generate from you. More important is the fact that you help us keep our employees employed and that means a lot to us.

“We realize that road development is good for the movement of goods and services and right now it is consuming a lot of our finances.

“I particularly welcome the need to partner on entrepreneurial skills development and hope that the Department of Trade and Investments as well as the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser will explore the possibility of a partnership as soon as possible.

“It’s very important because we look forward to helping young people develop skills that will enable them to fend for themselves in the future,” Okowa said.

Complaining about multiple taxes, the governor said the state government has harmonized taxes. According to him, “We have requested that we have only one notice of formal notice for any company in the state”.

“Local government councils are a separate level of government, but we will talk to them because we don’t want to stifle our industries,” he said.

On the challenges of electricity supply, Okowa said there was still a problem with power generation and distribution in Nigeria, pointing out that “any monopoly of generation and distribution will not bode well for the country, now and for the future”.

Earlier, MAN Edo/Delta Chairman Okwara Udensi praised Okowa for his outstanding achievements in road construction and various skills programs for youths in the state.

He called for the harmonization of taxes and levies in the state to make it easier for members of the association to pay, adding that manufacturers in both states were experiencing supply issues.

Udensi commended the state government for establishing an economic council as it required the mobilization of ideas and called for the inclusion of MAN in the council.

“We are aware of your efforts to attract investors to the state and as stakeholders we are ready and willing to partner with you in the development of the state.

“We thank you for the massive road building in the state because as manufacturers we need roads to move our goods.

“As manufacturers, we appreciate your efforts to develop the state’s youth with skills training programs, especially the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Program (STEP). We are ready to hire young people who are ready to work and share their knowledge with our young people in Delta,” he said.

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