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Okowa Tasks FG On NIPSS Study Groups’ Recommendations

Posted: Apr 26, 2016 at 3:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State governor, has urged the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of different study groups of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, for the benefit of the people.

Governor Okowa made the call on Monday in Asaba when he received members of Executive Course 38 of NIPSS who were on study tour of Delta State.

Okowa lamented that NIPSS comes up with recommendations to reposition Nigeria economically every year but they were not implemented for the benefit of the people.

The governor said the theme of the study tour, “Strengthening Institutional Mechanism for Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development,” was apt based on the current economic realities in the country. He said: “Every year, various study groups make recommendations on topical issues affecting the nation which are not implemented; I want to call on government to take these studies serious enough, to examine the issues and resolutions on the topics raised so that it can impact on our people.”

He observed that the best way to reduce poverty was for the country to depend less on oil economy and diversify into agriculture and entrepreneurship.

Governor Okowa said: “Dependence on oil economy may give rise to good Gross Domestic Product but less inclusive in development of human resources.”

The governor disclosed that at inception, his administration paid special attention to entrepreneurial development of the youths of the state, reiterating that while technical schools had been renovated and equipped to train the youths on different skills, institutions of higher learning in the state were encouraged to include entrepreneurial development in their curriculum.

He intimated the team about the progress made by his administration in the area of poverty reduction among the people, stating that such programmes like the Youth Agricultural Empowerment Programme (YAGEP) and Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) had empowered more than 1,300 Deltans to be entrepreneurs.

He said that while more Deltans were undergoing training, others were accessing funds from the micro-credit programme of his administration.

Earlier, Prof. Habu Galadima, the leader of the delegation, who is the Director of Research at the NIPSS lauded Governor Okowa’s initiatives in the area of poverty reduction programmes, disclosing that the team was on a study tour of the state.