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Unveiling Okowa’s SMART Magazine

Posted: Sep 15, 2015 at 12:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi,

Asaba

Succour has finally come for millions of Deltans as Okowa Magazine aimed at packaging constant information resource and keeping the populace abreast of the recurrent and ongoing achievements of the prosperity agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State was recently unveiled in Asaba.

The team and other dignitaries displaying the magazine after unveiling it.

The team and other dignitaries displaying the magazine after unveiling it.

The monthly magazine, first of its kind, to be subsequently  renamed SMART Agenda Magazine, has Engr. George Okugbare, Initiator/Editor-in-Chief seek to promote the good image of Delta State to the outside world through its regular columns and special reports in order to attract foreign investors to the state.

Speaking at the event which took place at the Hotel Benizia, Asaba, Okugbere while committing them to the noble task of enlightenment, education and information services in sharing the vision of the Prosperity Agenda said the magazine also aims at showcasing the antecedents, approaches, activities and achievements of the prosperity of Governor Okowa thereby bringing the government closer to the people.

He said through progressive journalism and coverage, the team of the project would support the government by acting as an effective communication channel between the government and the good people of the state thereby bringing any possible communication gap. Perodically will also be an interaction where innovative and creative ideas will be shared, processed and compiled to the government.

‘’Okowa Magazine is a monthly publication of Delta Affairs Forum specially packaged as a constant information resource keeping the populace abreast of the recurrent and ongoing achievements of the prosperity agenda. Okowa Magazine aims at rebranding Delta State in her positive light and is also a platform for creative ideas towards an emerging Delta’’

‘’we sincerely crave your kind support and encouragement towards the continued success of this project. Without doubt, your support today will forever be remembered in the history books of Delta State and will certainly widen the readership of this publication, ’’ Okugbere posited.

Continuing, “Your stay in the Nigerian senate was remarkable; we are convinced that you will bring the same level of commitment to bear on your governance in Delta State.  Your performance will help us t improve the magazine, because we can see the efforts you are making to empower the grassroots and for the peace that exist in the state, ” he noted.

Captain Pius Sinebe, former chairman Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Delta State, underscores the vision that in packaging the magazine, there were numerous logistic hills and valleys, several unavoidable handicaps on the part of the team, calling on candid support, suggestions and opinions for the team and that with continued influx of advise and contributions, the team and magazine would improve and get better.

Sinebe, also the Chairman of the occasion said the team has attraction to the creative industries and the pervasiveness of internet and mobile technology to reverse the scourge of unemployment in the state, believing that every young person should have access to opportunity irrespective of their location, connection, background, wealth and language.

“Youth empowerment and entrepreneurial initiative is key to solving the unemployment problems in Nigeria and Delta in particular. ‘’We must encourage our young people that they are creative. Contrary to popular opinion, there are jobs; the problem remains a wide gap between available jobs and the skills needed to execute them and the gap stunts business growth which would have created even more jobs,’’  Sinebe said.

Earlier, Governor Okowa said he would remain focused on his promise to improve the standard of living of the average Deltan.

The Governor in his address after the unveiling said he was determined to do Deltans proud by sticking to his promise of prosperity for all Deltans.  “Though the times are harsh economically, but the situation has propelled us to seek ways of restructuring our debt profile, we have been able to stabilize our government and we are on course with our SMART AGENDA.,”  he said.
Governor Okowa who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, informed the team and guests that his administration’s target of creating 6,000 direct employments every six months through the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme, (YAGEP)and the Skill Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, (STEP) has commenced with the first two batches already enrolled into the scheme at Songhai Delta, Amukpe.

“When we advertised for people to enroll for the programme, over 70,000 youths applied and through a credible process, the first batch of over 1,400 trainees were selected and have completed their first one week of intensive training preparatory to their being attached to relevant centres for them to acquire practical know how on chosen field.  Thereafter we provided them with ‘starter pac”. Senator Okowa said, adding “We will monitor their progress and also allow them to keep constant touch with the job creation office in case they need clarification in their field of business”.

He further informed that as part of measures to sustain the Skills Acquisition Programme, his master has commenced the rehabilitation of Technical Schools in the state, noting “I have appointed the Executive Secretary of the Vocational Skills Education Board and we are going ahead with the inauguration of other boards soon”.

Governor Okowa, he said has  listed the amendment of the DESOPADEC Act, the creation of Capital Territory Development Authority as well as the Bill to introduce Contributory Health Insurance Scheme as part of measures taken by his administration to put the state back on the path of speedy development.      

Apart from Chief Godwin Agofure, chief unveiler, the crew has Ogheneovo Orkeh as the Managing Editor, Barr David Bayagbon and Comrade Thomas Nwuzor, Editors, while Hon Festus Ochonogor, Dr Kinsley Emu, Comrade Uche Azuka Osadebe and Mr Ossai Success as Special Contributors.