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Friday, September 11, 2015

Delta: Absence of statistics, database bane of unemployment


The absence of comprehensive statistics and database has been identified as reason there is dearth of job creation in Delta State, ITRealms reports.

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said such factors mitigate against effective job creation initiatives and past youth empowerment programmes in the state.

In addressing the challenge, ITRealms gathered, the governor said 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.

 “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,” he stated.

The governor was speaking at the Songhai-Delta, Amukpe in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State recently, where he flagged off the training of1,645 young men and women who were part of the agricultural programme of the state government.

The gathering included young school leavers, graduates and others who are among a batch of 6,000 youths targeted in one of the state government wealth creation programme tagged Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) and Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP).

“Today’s event is undeniable proof that our administration’s S.M.A.R.T agenda is well and truly on course; it goes without saying that job and wealth creation are the bedrock of the S.M.A.R.T agenda, with YAGEP and STEP as the flagship programmes and other programmes under the Job and Wealth Creation Scheme are Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP), Development of Agro-Industries, and Extension of Microcredit,” the governor said.

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