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The World Bank has rated Delta State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) high in the implementation of its funded project in the state, especially in the area of employment creation for youths through the acquisition of technical and vocational training.
The assessment was made at the just concluded product exhibition held at the Abuja office of the World Bank by all the implementing states of SEEFOR projects in bead making, fashion designing, event management and decoration among others.
In their separate remarks, the beneficiaries said that World Bank had transformed their lives beyond expectation by boosting their economic status.
Speaking to journalists, the Project Coordinator of Delta SEEFOR project, Mr Benson Ojoko said that the SEEFOR intervention had enabled over 12,000 youths to gain different types of skills required by the labour market.
He added that the Project was providing funding support to Job Creation office for the training of additional 745 youths under STEP and YAGEP training.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Delta State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Comrade Michael Akpobire, said that the exhibition of the beneficiaries’ products showed that Delta State had gone beyond purchasing of equipment and infrastructure.
According to him, the State’s beneficiaries had utilized the assistance from the World Bank judiciously and enjoined them to continue in that tempo.
Comrade Akpobire maintained that through the World Bank SEEFOR assisted project, a number of youths in the state had been made potential employers of labour, an initiative he said was geared towards reducing the poverty level in the state.