By Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh
CHIMA, EMMANUEL OGE: The STEPreneur for this week is Oge Emmanuel Chima, a Fashion Designer. Hehails from Aniocha North Local Government Area and has a BSC in Sociology. He enrolled into the Delta State Government’s Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) in the 2017/2018 Brown STEP Cycle. He was trained in Fashion Design and Tailoring. Upon establishment with starter pack, he established a fashion and tailoring outfit using his initials as his business name. Therefore, he is the Creative Director of C.E.O Designs.
Emmanuel is an inspiring young man who is determined to excel in the world of fashion. He specializes in male wears. He is calculative and does his work with so much precision. He is a job creation trainer and an employer. He can be reached through these contacts: 08038097646 and at Shop FFCS City Complex, Asaba. He has lofty ideals about fashion as he shares his experience after three years of operation.
“I am yet to reach my peak. I have been able to develop my skill in terms of colour combination and textiles. I have a large variety of clients who appreciate and are satisfied with my finishing. So far, I have trained seventeen (17) persons with five of them already established and doing well. I have five employees on my payroll and currently have three STEP trainees. I have expanded from the small shop I began from to a bigger shop. From two industrial machines, a generator and a cutting table, I now have six additional industrial machines, seven manual machines and a bigger generator.
“As it is now, I can no longer do a government job. I need to employ more persons in order to meet the demand for my products and services.
“I am grateful to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for believing in the youths and for giving them the opportunity to go into entrepreneurship instead of waiting for non-existent white-collar jobs. I appeal to our governor and successive governments to continue with the job creation programmes so as to make more youths self-reliant.”