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Delta, UNIDO Partner On Job, Wealth Creation

Posted: Jan 20, 2016 at 6:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Felix Igbekoyi
Correspondent, Asaba
The entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, job and wealth creation programme Delta State government has further received a boast.
In this regard, the State government has assured the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) representatives who were in Asaba to facilitate the early take off of the Shoe and Leather Manufacturing Centre, Issele-Uku, of partnership.
Governor Okowa, playing host to Mr. Phillippe Scholtes, Managing Director, Programmes Development and Technical Cooperation Division, UNIDO Headquarters and his team, Wednesday said that there were various areas the state government would like to partner with UNIDO.
He stated that in creating job and wealth for its teeming youths, aside the shoe and leather works production which has reached advanced stage, the state government was ready to partner with UNIDO in the area of agro-business, especially aqua-culture, palm and cassava production and processing.
Senator Okowa commended UNIDO for its industrialization programmes stating that, they were in line with his administration’s SMART agenda of job and wealth creation especially when UNIDO has laudable programmes aimed at empowering the people which his administration would key into.
He stated ‘’We will co-operate with you beyond what we are doing now; we hope to partner with you in the area of Agriculture especially, in the production and processing of cassava, palm and aqua-culture where we have comparative advantages,” he said, adding, “we believe that we must find ways of re-orientating our youths to make them embrace agriculture and skill acquisition as means of creating jobs and wealth.’’
He reiterated, ‘’as Nigeria population grows, there is the need to make sure that the people acquire skills that will make them job and wealth creators.’’
Earlier in their separate addresses, Mr. Scholtes, Aurelia Calabro-Bellamoli (Senior Industrial Officer, UNIDO) and Mr. Jesse Ojobor explained that UNIDO is specialized agency of United Nations that provides technical services to government to ensure an inclusive and sustainable industrial growth.
They commended Governor Okowa for his desire to empower the people through the prosperity agenda, noting that there were other areas they could partner with the state government for speedy sustainable development of the state.
At the inspection of the Delta State Leather and Foot wear Production Centre, they agreed it is the biggest in sub-sahara Africa with a capacity to train 3,000 people annually and produce high quality products for the sub-sahara African Market.
”we are enthused by the Governor’s interest in empowering the people,” they stated.