Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has advised graduates of technical colleges in the state not to sell starter packs provided by the state government in order for them to become self-reliant entrepreneurs.
Governor Diri gave the advice on Tuesday in Yenagoa during the presentation of business start-up items to 400 graduates of the state-owned technical colleges.
He also directed the Commissioner for Education, Gentle Emelah, to monitor the beneficiaries in order to achieve the goals for which the science and technical colleges were set up.
The governor described the graduates as torch bearers of his Prosperity Administration, who would form the critical mass of skilled manpower in the state and take charge of the local economy.
He said: “As we are giving out these starter packs, please do not go and sell them. If you sell them, you will be selling the seed that has been planted in your life. You are expected to nurture that seed and watch it grow up and bear fruits. It is the fruits you will harvest.”
The governor expressed concern that indigenes of the state do not control the local economy, saying his administration was poised to change that narrative by equipping young Bayelsans with the necessary skills in various fields.
According to him, “there is a general shift from certification education across the world towards science and technical education. Such persons in the latter category are the ones that are becoming millionaires and billionaires.
“You are the torch bearers of enterpreneurship in Bayelsa State. With the skills you have acquired, you are no longer going to seek for jobs. Rather than become employees, you are now going to be employers of labour.”
The state’s helmsman also urged the graduates to be the mouthpiece of the administration and defend its policies and programmes.
He said the government will complete and equip all the technical colleges in the state.
“We want to change that mindset of people depending on handouts from politicians. In the world today, most of those doing well are the young people. We want to see the young people of Bayelsa change our state for us. So, make a positive and good use of the starter packs.”
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Gentle Emelah, said the starter packs consist of a complete set of tools to start out a business for each beneficiary in eleven different trade areas.
They are catering, plumbing, dress making, marine diesel/petrol mechanics, building technology/draughtsman ship and electrical installations.
Others are computer/book keeping, welding and fabrication, hairdressing, motor vehicle mechanics and mechanical engineering.
Emelah said by meeting the objectives of the government’s position statement on the science and technology education policy, the government would have a continuously refreshed pool of skilled workforce ready to address challenges.
Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor
December 22, 2021