Delta Government on Wednesday, expressed readiness to partner Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in equiping youths in the state with skills and entrepreneurship development.
The Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, stated the government’s intention when he received on courtesy visit, the executive members of Edo/Delta Chapter of the Association at Government House, Asaba.
He commended the group for its contributions to the economic development of the state, and assured that the state government would partner MAN to train youths in the state on relevant skills.
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“There is no doubt that you are definitely stakeholders in our partnership to develop our dear state because through your various manufacturing outfits, you are helping us to generate employment.
“I must commend you for your contributions to the development of our state through the taxes and levies that we generate from you across the state.
“More important is the fact that you are helping us in keeping our people in employment and it matters a lot to us.
“We realise that the development of roads is good for the movement of goods and services and at the moment it consumes a lot of our finances.
“I am particularly thrilled with the need to partner in entrepreneurship skills development and hope that the Ministry of Trade and Investments as well as Office of Chief Economic Adviser should look into the possibility of a partnership as soon as possible.
“This is very important as we look forward to helping the young ones develop the skills that will enable them to stand on their own in the future,’’ he said.
On complaint of multiple taxes on members of the association, the governor said the state government had harmonised taxes.
Earlier, Chairman of MAN in Edo/Delta, Mr Okwara Udensi, had commended Governor Okowa for his outstanding accomplishments in road construction and various skill acquisition programmes for youths in the state.
He called for the harmonisation of taxes and levies in the state to make it much easier for the association’s members to pay, adding that manufacturers were experiencing power challenges as well.
Udensi commended the state government for establishing an Economic Council as it required harnessing of ideas and appealed for the inclusion of MAN in the council.