420 persons benefited from the pilot programme, initiated in 2012.
The Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, has empowered 3,426 indigent people in Delta, under its Community Services, Women and Youth Employment, CSWYE.
The Coordinator of SURE-P in Delta, Young Esiekpe, made the disclosure on Monday in an interview in Asaba.
Mr. Esiekpe, who is also the Chairman, State Coordination and Implementations Committee of the CSWYE programme, said 420 persons benefited from the pilot programme, initiated in September, 2012 in 11 Local Government Areas of the state.
According to him, additional 3,000 persons benefited in the first ramp-up of the CSWYE programme initiated in April this year.
Mr. Esiekpe noted that the CSWYE programme had engaged 120 beneficiaries in each of the 25 LGAs of the state.
He lauded President Goodluck Jonathan for the initiative, noting that there had never been such programme in the past, that benefited the people directly, especially the poor.
The coordinator said that government had planned an exit training programme for beneficiaries of the pilot scheme.
Mr. Esiekpe said that the exit training programme would empower people with basic skills to become self-reliant, adding that the two-week training programme would commence on September, 9.
“Delta State will host the training session for beneficiaries from the South-South and it will take place at the NYSC Orientation Camp from Sept. 2 to Sept. 14,’’
He said that the programme would be engaging 2,000 additional persons in the state, assuring that whatever flaws noticed in the selection process of trainees would be addressed.
Mr. Esiekpe said that Local Government chairmen and stakeholders, including traditional rulers and community leaders would be carried along in the next ramp-up exercise.
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