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We Have To Separate Politics From 6000 Direct Jobs in Six months- Okowa

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Felix Igbekoyi
Correspondent, Asaba
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has vowed to untie entrepreneurship schemes from the apron spring of politicians in order to create 6,000 direct jobs in the next six months in the state.
At the unveiling of six entrepreneurship schemes/programmes before government functionaries and members of the Traditional Rulers Council in the state, Monday, June 28 in Asaba, he said “these initiatives will create jobs and wealth, diversify the economy, engage youths in productive enterprises, nurture entrepreneurs and leaders, and promote communal peace and security.”
The schemes are Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP); Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP); Tractorisation; Extension of Loans; and Development of Agro-industries.
The Governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, stressed that the government “is determined and poised to deliver prosperity to everyone in Delta through our SM.A.R.T agenda, and it is on that note that we are launching these job creation schemes.”
He explained that the meeting with the traditional rulers was to get them acquainted with government’s job creation programmes as key stakeholders and partners with the government, assuring that the royal palaces would serve as centres for collection and submission of the forms for interested participants in any of the schemes.
According to the Governor, “we want to take advantage of our revered traditional institution to ensure that beneficiaries are sons and daughters of our communities so that we can maximize the gains of all that we are putting into the programmes.”

‘’The forms can also be accessed and downloaded online, he said the recourse to the traditional rulers to assist in the distribution and collation of the forms was to allay any fears of political marginalization as the royal fathers are non-partisan,’ he stated.
Briefing the gathering, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on job creation and commissioner-designate, Dr Kingsley Emu, explained that under the YAGEP scheme, participants across the 25 local government areas would be screened and selected by a team of consultants after which they would undergo one month training at Songhai Farms for life skills, attitudinal change and hands on management.
He said the areas of focus are piggery, poultry, fisheries, and vegetable farming. He revealed that upon completion of the training the participants would proceed on a one-month internship after which they will be given starter packs to start their own farms.