- 100,000 young Nigerians resident in Delta have been empowered by the state government in the last six years
- The chief executive of the state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed while reeling out his scorecard for the last six years
- Governor Okowa's administration in Delta has religiously focused on training and empowering youths in the state
Asaba, Delta - Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has said his administration trained and empowered no fewer than 100,000 youths in the state to become entrepreneurs in the last six years.
He stated this in a state broadcast to mark his 6th anniversary in office as governor.
According to the governor, the large army of unemployed graduates and secondary school leavers was a clear danger to the peace and security of the state hence his administration resolved to work towards making them job creators instead of job seekers.
Okowa said that the job creation programme was impacting positively on the growth and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) sub-sector in the state.
“After six years, we can be proud of the progress we have made in this regard with the successful training of at least 100, 000 persons to start up their own businesses.
“The impact of these programmes is already being felt with hundreds of MSMEs springing up across the state, leading to poverty reduction and improved living standards for our people.
“In 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics released two major statistics, first on the Poverty-Population ratio among states in Nigeria, and second, on the unemployment rate in the country.
“Both statistics took cognizance of both the national average and prevailing averages across the 36 states. In both instances, Delta state recorded appreciable improvement and growth, both in terms of the number of people rescued from poverty and those saved from the unemployment market.
“Delta was adjudged to be the second least poor state, coming only after Lagos, Nigeria’s business hub. The report revealed that Delta achieved a score of 6 per cent on the poverty-to-population ratio.”
Governor Okowa also said urban-rural migration in the state was rapidly improving with his administration‘s deliberate effort at developing key infrastructure in rural and riverside communities.
He said that since May 29, 2015, when he assumed duty as governor, his administration had constructed roads and provided other physical infrastructure that were vital and of great impact on the people.
The governor also remarked that he was proud of his administration’s achievements in riverside communities that were hitherto difficult terrains.
Recall that Governor Okowa recently said his adherence to fiscal discipline and superior planning accounted for the successes recorded by his administration in the state in the last six years.
Okowa stated this in an interview with select journalists in Asaba on Saturday, May 29 as part of activities to mark the 6th year anniversary of his administration.
The governor also said his administration's success during the period was borne out of greater coordination in administration and superior thought-process.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa on Wednesday, May 26 said Nigeria needed a new constitution, and not an amendment to accommodate emerging issues of good governance and greater interest of Nigerians.
Okowa stated this when he received on a courtesy visit, the Senate sub-committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution led by Senator James Manager at Government House, Asaba.
He said that a new constitution for the country had become imperative in view of observed lacunas in the 1999 constitution.