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Okowa emerges best governor in job creation, youth empowerment




Senator Ifeanyi Okowa


By OLUWAGBENGA BANKOLE


A recent declaration made by the world largest entrepreneurship organization, Africa's Young Entrepreneurs (AYE) has ranked the Delta State Governor; Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has the most efficient Governor in job creation and youth empowerment.


The Governor will be celebrated alongside other business giant at the November 30 conference which is set to be headlined by the majority shareholder of Africa’s largest retail store, Shoprite Holdings; Dr. Christoffel Wiese, Africa’s richest black woman; Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, Former Nigerian President; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Governor of Lagos State and business tycoon, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been marked as the event of the year by several top business/entertainment platforms in Africa. 

In the past few months, Governor Okowa of Delta State had earlier declared that the two major reasons responsible for recent call for restructuring, resource control and secession by various groups across the country are hunger and unemployment.

In his tenure as Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration has been able to add immense value to the Nigerian economy by supporting hundreds of entrepreneurial innovations which resulted to the establishment of a job creation centre and innovation hub in Delta state.

Coupled with several empowerment schemes such as the “Hand made in Delta, YAGEP, STEP, GEEP, and CBN Anchor Borrowers Programmes, his administration has been able to empower and train over 4,300 youths in various agricultural and skill acquisition programmes with over 28,000 direct and indirect jobs created in the last two years.

A.Y.E encourages social entrepreneurship with role models, powerful mentors, social innovators, thought leaders, forward thinking investors and people passionate about addressing a range of societal and environmental challenges.

Without much argument, A.Y.E has chosen to recognize and celebrate Governor Ifeanyi alongside other giants at the 3rd Annual Conference this November for his tremendous efforts towards putting an abrupt end to unemployment and encouraging Entrepreneurship in Delta State.

With the caliber and diversity of industry leaders billed to attend the conference, The Delta state Governor is keen on reawakening the latent entrepreneurial spirit in the youth population.

From his passion for entrepreneurship and his key interest in creating jobs, Governor Okowa will also be empowering 25 entrepreneurs who are indigenes of his State out of the 500 successful AYEEN 2017 Beneficiaries.

The annual conference, according to the President of A.Y.E, Mr. Summy Smart Francis, is an exceptional platform for some of the world’s most accomplished business leaders to network with perhaps the brightest entrepreneurs in Africa. 


“It provides ample opportunity for individuals with vibrant business ideas to network with established industry leaders, policy makers and outstanding investors from around the globe to draw priceless, life-transforming inspirations from success stories” he stated.


Also attending the conference are top executives of Nigeria’s leading online stores, banks, telecommunication companies, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, policy makers and business leaders which include: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Borno State Governor; Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Mr. Philip Auerswald (U.S.A), Mr. Fela Durotoye, Sen Ben Bruce, Prof. Pat Utomi, Seni Sulyman, Olatorera Oniru, Rabiu Kabir amongst many others. The event style is a conference, VIP red carpet & cocktail reception, gala and awards dinner and after party with some A-List artistes.

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