PPSP in Focus
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 major theme of this edition is the PPSP, an agricultural value chain intervention package designed for existing smallholder farmers. It is aimed at enhancing farm outputs, enterprise productivity and market linkages along the commodity value chains towards creating job and wealth.
Under the PPSP roll-out, the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer delivered subsidized productivity-increasing inputs and technologies such as tractors and implements, planting materials, livestock starter stocks, fertilizers, feeds and processing equipment as well as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for cassava, fishery, poultry, piggery and vegetables. The support packages have started yielding desired fruits as shown by some attestations in this edition.
Other topics and issues featured in this edition of the Newsletter include progress in the implementation of STEP and YAGEP as well as activities and achievements of the Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency’s microcredit programme for farmers, processors, traders, artisans, microenterprises, women and youths.
With hindsight of the huge welcome that attended the maiden edition, let me assure that OkowaPlus Newsletter will continue to supply stakeholders and the public with regular good-quality information, progress updates and opportunity for feedback on the State Government’s job creation programmes. I am optimistic that, successively, OkowaPlus will chronicle the
story of job and wealth creation under the S.M.A.R.T agenda. Happy reading.
Prof. Eric Eboh
Chief Job Creation Office
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