ASABA – Chief Uju Udeme, former President, Delta State Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (DACCIMA), has urged the Delta State Government to create more entrepreneurship programmes for the people.
Udeme made the call in an interview with newsmen in Asaba.
He also called on local governments in the state to fashion out such programmes, saying that they too had the obligation to do so.
He said that creating more entrepreneurship programmes for the people, especially the youth was one way of tackling unemployment in the state.
The former DCCIMA president said that creation of more entrepreneurship programmes would also help Nigerians overcome the effect of the drop in the price of oil in the global market.
He said: “such programmes include establishing more cottage industries and developing the existing ones.
“Apart from this, there is also the need to initiate more entrepreneurship programme starting from our primary and secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions’’.
Udeme advised the state government to ensure the implementation of its economic agenda “Delta beyond Oil” which is meant to harness other natural potential of the state apart from oil.
“Delta is blessed with abundant natural resources and when these resources are adequately harnessed, less attention will be paid to the oil sector.
“The state has prospects in the tourism and agricultural sectors and if properly developed, they will ensure more development in the state and open up the economy,’’ he said.