Hon. Ramson Onoyake, Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Council, through his Ramson Tega Onoyake (RTO) Foundation has engaged over 2200 persons in acquisition of various skills in the area, with promise to empower majority of the participants at the end of the training programme.
The participants drawn from the ten wards of Uvwie Local Government Area are being trained under two phases of skills acquisitions, professional and self-employed.
The professional skills phase has Crane operation, Onshore and Offshore rigging, Industrial safety, Fire fighting, Computer engineering, Professional catering, Driving, Fish farming/Hatchery and Electrical installation while the self-employed skills phase has Fashion and Design, Computer training, make-up, Gele tie, Hair stylist, Tiles setting, Decoration, Ankara making and Nails fixing.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the programme at Alegbo Primary School, Effurun in Uvwie Local government Area of Delta state, the council chairman, Hon. Ramson Tega Onoyake stated that the programme was aimed at taking all the unemployed youths and adults off the streets of Uvwie council area.
He said: “we are training them to ensure that they get their certificates and gradually we will begin to empower them stage by stage for them to be self reliance”.
According to him, “we have succeeded in taking 2200 persons off the streets of Uvwie Local Government Area. And you know this will go a long way curbing restiveness in the society because they will no longer have time to engage themselves in anti-social vices that are inimical to development of the society”.
Onoyake advised the participants to be serious with the training as they are doing it for themselves and not him (Onoyake).
Coordinator of the programme, Rev. Asiava Ogagaroghene, on his part, said the programme is expected to last for one month and ten days, and it was aimed to help those who cannot attain formal education to acquire skills that will better their lives.
While appreciating the Uvwie Council Chairman, Hon. Ramson Onoyake for the programme, Ogagaroghene stated that the programme has two parts, theory and practical and materials needed for the practical were all available.