In line with the goals of this Newsletter, the maiden edition of January 2016 has generated great awareness and understanding among Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil society about the job creation programmes under the S.M.A.R.T agenda of the Okowa Administration. The significance of the Newsletter series in publicizing the job creation strategies, activities and achievements of the administration has become self-revealing as shown by the continuing demand for the maiden edition.
Today, there is rising interest in the State Government’s job creation scheme including Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP), Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP), Development of Agro-Industries and Microcredit. The reason for the rising interest is simple. It is about public confidence resulting from the noticeable signs of transparency, genuineness, credibility and targeting accuracy in programme implementation.
The Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer was created as a special purpose vehicle for the actualisation of job and wealth creation under the S.M.A.R.T agenda. The job and wealth creation scheme has been tagged OkowaPlus.