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We’ll Separate Politics From Service Delivery

Posted: Jul 1, 2015 at 3:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi  –  Asaba


Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has vowed to disassociate the state’s entrepreneurship schemes from the apron spring of politicians in order to create 6,000 direct jobs in the next six months in the state.

He made the vow at the unveiling of six entrepreneurship schemes/ programmes before government functionaries and members of the Traditional Rulers Council in the state on Monday 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); Extension of Loans; and Development of Agro-industries.

The Governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, said 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.”

Governor Okowa said 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 him, “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 maximise the gains of all that we are putting into the programmes.”

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 marginalisation as the royal fathers are non-partisan.

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 included: piggery, poultry, fishery, and vegetable farming. According to him, 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.