Winning Strategy for Wealth Creation in Delta - ThisDay

August 19, 2020

Rebecca Ejifoma writes on the winning strategy of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, which is geared towards driving job and wealth creation component of his vision of prosperity for all Delta indigenes

Nothing captures the story of growing prosperity in Nigeria’s Delta State better than the endorsement by the World Bank of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s job and wealth creation scheme. At the maiden Products Exhibition and Business Fair for beneficiaries of the scheme in December 2017, the Senior Specialist in Education for the World Bank, Dr Tunde Adekola affirmed that “Delta State is the only state that has demonstrated its commitment to skills development in practical terms.” 

Speaking further, Adekola declared that “the World Bank will continue to support the Delta State government in the areas of skills and technical development, and will work with the job creation office to strengthen the labour market observatory system in order to make Governor Okowa’s dream of re-creating the middle class a reality.”



Successful Delta fish farmer traces achievements to world-class training received


...advises unemployed graduates never to see their education as a waste

 by Mercy Enoch Aug 10, 2020


Delta State government has sustained its Job and Wealth Creation Programme which its pilot scheme commenced in 2015/2016 and now successful beneficiaries of the programme are boasting of world-class products even as they trace their growth and achievements to the superlative training and empowerment they had.

Among the over 5,000 youths so far trained and empowered to own and run their various enterprises is 33-year-old Chinwike Nwankwo who now produces fish from his farm, Chinwinkxfarms, where he also boasts of engaging six youths as staff.

Nwankwo, who hails from Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state, has a masters degree in Technical Education but also has passion for fishery which made him grab the opportunity to be trained and empowered in fishery under the Youth Agricultural Enterpreneurs Programme (YAGEP) of the Job and Wealth Creation Programme.





THIS DAY - 08 Sep 2015

Okowa…revolutionising job creation

Omon-Julius Onabu writes on the agenda of the Delta State Governor, Dr. IfeanyiOkowa, aimed at turning around the economy of the state and make it self-sustaining

Reports on unemployment rate in Nigeria by the National Bureau of Statistics indicate that unemployment in the country has risen appreciably especially in the first quarter of this year. The reports indicate that unemployment rate rose significantly from 6.40 percent to 7.50 percent.

It is noteworthy that youths, especially young graduates, constitute the bulk of the huge population of unemployed people in Nigeria. It is against this background that the determination of the Delta State Government under Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa to ensure wealth creation by tackling unemployment in the state should be appreciated.

Indeed, right from his inauguration on May 29, 2015, Senator Okowa has not minced words that the policies and programmes of his administration would be primarily motivated by the need to create jobs for the teeming population of youths across the state.

Perhaps, the electrified atmosphere at state's agricultural research centre, Songhai Delta Amukpe in Sapele Local Government Area last week bore eloquent testimony not only to the dogged determination of the governor but also the enthusiastic appreciation from the people of the governor's gesture of transparency and sincere commitment to actualizing his "Prosperity for all Deltans" development mantra. Read more


Delta launches data base of unemployed youths

THE NATION - 11 Sept. 2015

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has identified lack of statistics and data base of unemployed youths in the state as one of the factors mitigating against effective job creation initiatives and past youth empowerment programmes in the state.

To address the challenge, the governor disclosed that the state government has launched a database of unemployed youths in the state through the job and wealth creation scheme, which promises to keep the youths off the streets.

He said the database would provide a steady feed of participants for the programme and also enable the government in planning for its future and those of the youths..

“By the next six months when the next phase begins, we will simply pull out the next set of participants from the database, so, there is opportunity for as many as are qualified to be enlisted in subsequent phases of the scheme.” Read More


Delta Signs Agreement With Farmers, Doles Out 46 Tractors

Daily Independent - 25 Sept. 2015

The Delta State Government has selected 20 cooperatives societies to benefit from the allocation of tractors for agricultural purposes.

It would be recalled that 692 cooperative societies applied to benefit from the tractor, 269 were screened out while about 50 were invited to the session to brainstorm on its usage where 20 societies were eventually selected to benefit out from the 46 tractors to be given out.

Disclosing this in Asaba on the occasion of the signing of agreement between the representatives of the cooperatives societies and the government, Prof Eric Eboh, Chief Job Creation Officer, CJCO, to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that the societies would only pay 40 per cent of the price of the tractor in four years installments after the initial 10 per cent deposit at a total cost of over N6.2 million.

He said the tractors would be used by farmers in the state to reduce the stress associated with crude farmingRead More


Okowa inaugurates job, wealth creation scheme

Vanguard - 26 Aug. 2015

AS part of efforts to alleviate the sufferings of Deltans, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, will today perform the official inauguration of the Job and Wealth Creation Scheme of the state government, two months after it was flagged off.

The inauguration ceremony which is to be performed at Songai-Delta in Amukpe, near Sapele, is the highlight of the orientation programme for 1,345 trainees drawn from the 25 local government areas of the state for the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme, YAGEP and Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme, STEP.

The state government in a statement by the Chief Job Creation Officer of the state, Prof. Eric Eboh, said: “The overall strategy of the job creation scheme is to equip unemployed youths with the technical know-how, vocational skills, values and resources to become self-employed and employers of labour.” Read More