Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has earmarked N1.1 billion for youths and women empowerment in the 2019 Appropriation Bill.
Executive Assistant to the Governor on Communications, Dr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, in a statement, said the amount constituted a major leap in the actualisation of prosperity for all Deltans mantra encapsulated in the Smart Agenda with particular reference to the Youth Agriculture and Skills Training Entrepreneurship Programmes (YAGEP and STEP).
Oghenesivbe noted that YAGEP and STEP have achieved socioeconomic remodelling results apparent from the empowerment of thousands of Delta indigenes in skills acquisition and agriculture; which prompted the World Bank partnership and donation of millions of naira by Tony Elemelu Foundation, to further boost the achievements of the Okowa-led administration in human capital development.
He further disclosed that with the proposed N1.1 billion targeted at turning around the socioeconomic fortunes of Youth and Women in the state, the Okowa-led administration is poised to set unbeatable legacy at the end of its tenure on May 29, 2023.
Oghenesivbe said the governor would continue to find ways and means of increasing the YAGEP and STEP annual budget and allocation in progressive dimensions throughout the life of this administration.
He pointed that the very essence of the SMART AGENDA is to establish a paradigm shift from lip service to human capital development, and to tangible results and foreseeable progressive attainment of prosperity for all Deltans.
“Delta Youth and Woman are in for pleasant surprises in terms of skills acquisition, training, empowerment and breaking new grounds in small-scale businesses which are the major drivers of any economy.
“We are pretty sure that the N1.1 billion proposal shall scale through because Mr Speaker, Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori and the honourable members of the House are determined to join efforts with government to attract adequate and reasonable prosperity to our people.
“The very essence of representative government in a constitutional democracy is anchored on the social contract between the leaders and the led.
“The House leadership under Honourable Oborevwori has been proactive, formidable, purposeful and result-oriented while sustaining the principles of separation of powers,” Oghenesivbe said.