The fish smoking kilns were distributed to the women with cash component for transport fare by the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer at three centres, Ughelli, Warri and Koko respectively under the Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP.)
The 87 women cooperative groups were drawn from the 87 wards that constitute the 8 local government areas in the district.
Presenting 44 fish smoking kilns to the women groups from Isoko North, Isoko South, Bomadi and Patani Local Government Areas in Ughelli Township Stadium, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, said the distribution of the kilns to women groups across the state was part of the State Government’s empowerment programme for women at the grassroots in fulfillment of his promise of prosperity for all Deltans.
The Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof. Eric Eboh, represented by the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Mr Jerry Erugdegde, explained that the smoking kilns are grant to the women meant to engage them meaningfully in fish processing as well as to boost fish production in the state.
At the State Government House Annex in Warri where women cooperative groups from Warri South, Warri South West and Burutu Local Government Areas received 33 kilns, Mr Erugdegde charged them to take their jobs seriously by making judicious use of the equipment so as to generate income for themselves and their families.
He urged them to sustain the existing cooperation among them for them to benefit from other government programmes and policies targeted at women in the state.
The Chief Job Creation Officer Representative was also at Koko where he distributed 10 fish smoking kilns to women groups in Warri North Local Government Area with a call on them to use the equipment to create job and wealth through fish processing and to meet the high demand for fish in Delta State in particular and in Nigeria in general.
Responding on behalf of the women groups, Mrs. Felicia Babudor from Patani Local Government Area, expressed their gratitude to the State government for the kind gesture, pledging that they would use the fish smoking kiln to generate wealth for themselves and their families.
It could be recalled that women cooperative groups in Delta North and Delta Central Senatorial Districts had earlier received a total of 183 fish smoking kilns from the Okowa-led Government.