Job Creation: Delta State Government Flags-off Distribution of Starter Packs to 2017/2018 Beneficiaries of Brown STEP

In continuation of its commitment to providing employment for its unemployed youths, the Delta State Government has commenced the distribution of starter packs to beneficiaries of its 2017/2018 cycle.

This was made known at the flag-off of the event for 81 beneficiaries of the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship programme, tagged ”Brown STEP” by the wife of the Governor, Dame Edith Okowa, in Asaba.

Advising them, Dame Okowa charged the beneficiaries to put their starter packs to good use with optimum dedication so as to grow their enterprises into enviable heights.

She commended them for acquiring vocational skills in spite of their academic qualifications, tasking them to uphold the tenets of the programme and to sustain their businesses to the point of training other unemployed youths.

While praying for their success, she enjoined them to commit their enterprises to God.

On his part, the Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, said: “the job creation scheme through the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and the Youth Agricultural and Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) has engaged 3,069 youths from Delta who were previously unemployed.”

He affirmed that the programmes are already yielding its fruits as STEP and YAGEP are transforming the lives of the beneficiaries, creating livelihoods, changing the landscape of youth empowerment and stimulating economic diversification of the state.

He disclosed that many states of the federation are now adopting the Delta State model of job creation for youth training and empowerment for self-employment, stating that the World Bank and European Union –assisted SEEFOR project is providing financial support in recognition of the success of the programme.

He said, “The job creation programme is running its third cycle and has a new introduction, Brown STEP who are persons who have already undergone vocational skills training on their own volition, but were selected and enhanced through refresher skills training and entrepreneurship training to adequately qualify for starter packs to owe and run their enterprises.”

He pointed out that Brown STEP category has 209 beneficiaries out of a total of 582 STEP trainees, adding that starter packs will be distributed in batches to them beginning with today batch consisting of Fashion Design & Tailoring-60 persons; Welding & Fabrication- 20 persons and Interlocking- 1 person.

The components of the starter packs included the following. Fashion Design & Tailoring: an industrial sewing machine, cutting table, pressing iron, a generator (2.9 kVA-copper coil), #50,000.00 cash support and #8,000.00 transport fare.

Interlocking: a wheelbarrow, elephant spade, 2 big trowels, 300 pieces of mould design (60cl), 15 kerbs (3 inches), 10 kerbs (4 inches), 10 kerbs (5 inches), 2 big mallet, 3 brushes, a 750 gallons water tank, a compacting machine (G163), #50,000.00 cash support and #8,000.00 transport fare.

Welding & Fabrication: a welding machine (BX1-315-KAIERDA-70-Kg-80kg, 68 x 48 x70 cm); a table vice (Accord England) SPEC A04 no 6, angular hand grinding machine (electric) 230mm, 2, 350watts; a pipe bending machine with block (locally made); drilling machine (Bosch 13mm); scriber (Germany 8 inches); measuring tape (16 feet); cold chisel (8 inches); welding shield; wire brush (4 line); chipping hammer; hammer (21B) (Muller Germany) 200kg; hack saw frame (iron head); saw blades (sandflex roll original); file set (5 in a set); centre punch; try square steel) long MDN; welding gloves (leather long); safety boots; cover-all (fire resistant); dark and plain safety google; a safety helmet; lister generator (delma engine S195mm diesel engine, 150kg-170kg; delma generator alternator (7.5KVA, 230 volts-50HTZ); #50,000.00 cash support and #8,000.00 transport fare.

The wife of the Governor, Dame Edith Okowa, was taken on a brief tour of the starter packs gallery where she interacted with some beneficiaries who expressed their gratitude to the state government for the empowerment with a pledge to put their starter packs into judicious use.

The high point of the event was the symbolic handing out of starter packs to some beneficiaries by the wife of the Governor, Dame Edith Okowa.

Launching Of Scale Up Nutrition (Sun) Initiative And Investiture Of Her Excellency, The Governor’s Wife, Dame Edith Okowa As Nutrition Champion For Delta State

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans, that as part of activities to mark the Launching of Scale Up Nutrition (SUN), Initiatives in Delta State, Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa, Wife of the Governor of Delta State will on Friday February 23, 2018, be invested as the Nutrition Champion for the State, by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Rivers Field Office.

The investiture will hold at the Unity Hall Government House, Asaba, at 10 am prompt.

The SUN movement is a Global movement led by Governments in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and comprises other stakeholders including Civil Societies, Donor Agencies and Private Sectors.

The initiative is to create the platform to effectively advocate for food Nutrition, support implementations of Nutrition programmes, interventions, and operationalize the food and Nutrition policy with the overall goal of reducing malnutrition.

Accordingly, the Honourable Speaker DTHA, Chairmen House Committee on Health, Agriculture, Women Affairs, Education, and Water Resources, State Commissioners in charge of Health, Agriculture, Economic Planning, Education, Finance, Information, Justice, Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Water Resource Development, Permanent Secretaries for Economic Planning, Health, Information, Agriculture, Finance, Education, Justice, Women Affairs, Water Resources, Executive Director, State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Special Adviser on SDG and other relevant parastatals, Chairmen Oshimili South and North Local Government Councils, Chairman and Secretary of State Committee of Food and Nutrition, Media Women, Chief Medical Directors of Delta State Teaching Hospital, Oghara & FMC, Asaba, Heads of Scaling-Up Nutrition Networks, Chapter Presidents of Professional Bodies – Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Medical Women, APHPN, PSN, NMA, DAN, etc the Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, the Anglican Bishop of Delta State, Chairman State Council of Traditional Rulers are by this announcement invited to attend the ceremony.

Guests are to be seated at the venue at 9:30 am prompt.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Dame Okowa Commissions Sickle Cell Clinic In Delta

IN her quest to establish sickle cell clinics in all the local government areas of Delta State, the wife of Delta State Governor, Dame Edith Okowa, yesterday commissioned the 11th sickle cell clinic in the state at the Issele-Uku General Hospital in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.

Similar projects had earlier been established and equipped in Agbor General Hospital, Oleh, Sapele, Patani, Koko, Otu-Jeremi and Orereokpe. The governor’s wife, who is the Founder of the 05 Initiative, said that sickle cell anemia is not a death sentence, rather ‘it is what anybody can manage very well throughout his/her lifetime.’

She said that sickle cell disorder ‘is a challenge, unlike every other sickness’ and thereby enjoined them not to allow the disorder to deprive them of achieving what they want to achieve in life.

While advising all to go for their genotype checkup before getting married to avoid stories that touch, she stressed the need for patients to drink plenty water, eat healthy food and take their drugs as prescribed by the doctor.

The governor’s wife who distributed mosquito net to each child that came for the occasion, thanked the great sons and daughters of Aniocha North who contributed to the success of establishing the clinic, saying that ‘it is one thing to have a dream, but another thing is to actualise the dream’ and noted that there is a reward for everyone that gives.

She advised the mothers of this group of children not to give up in taking adequate care of them, saying that ‘life is in the hand of God’ and thereby, encouraged parents to train their children in school, no matter the health challenge of that child.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Osaji, who called on everyone who are aspiring to get married to ensure that they undergo all the necessary recommended tests and are properly counseled before they get married, also called on mothers of sickle cell children to bring them to the clinic for management.

Earlier, the focal person on health, Lady Lizzy Umukoro had advised all the sons and daughters of Aniocha North to utilize the facilities provided by the 05 Initiative.

A former member, House of Representatives, representing Aniocha Oshimili Federal Constituency, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, the Chairman, Delta State Civil Service Commission, Dame Patience Okwuofu, and the member, Delta House of Assembly representing Aniocha North Local Government Area, Hon. (Engr.) Emeka Nwaobi, commended the governor’s wife for her unique initiative in the establishment and equipping the sickle cell clinic.

The occasion featured health talk on nutrition in the management of sickle cell disorder by Dr. Uche Okwe, medical laboratory in the management of sickle cell by Mr. Pedro Ohen, testimonies of the survival and success children and a playlet on how to eat a balanced diet to manage the sickle cell disorder.

NIGERIA @ 57: Okowa, Obaseki Call For Strengthening of Bond Of Unity

As Nigerians roll out drums to celebrate the country’s 57th independence anniversary, the Governors of Delta and Edo State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and Mr. Godwin Obaseki have called for concerted efforts to strengthen the bond of unity in the country.

In a joint press briefing after a breakfast meeting held at the Governor’s Lodge, Benin City, Edo State, the two Governors stated that there is a lot to celebrate as a country and affirmed that the country’s unity cannot be compromised.

It is worthy to note that the two states, Delta and Edo were carved out of the defunct Bendel State on August 27, 1991.

According to Governor Okowa, “there is strength in unity, as a nation, we should talk about how to work together and stay on a common path on how to develop Nigeria, we should partner with one another.”

Speaking on the essence of the visit, the Governor who was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Dame Edith, said, “Delta and Edo States are brothers, we came to Benin City for a ceremony, and we decided to see my brother, the Governor, to discuss on how to partner to bring development to our people, we believe there is need for us to meet more often.”

Governor Obaseki stated, “Delta and the Edo States are one, we share a lot of things of common interests, as we celebrate independence, we should work to make our nation better.”

Okowa Bags Human Rights Award

FOR his commitment towards ensuring that the rights of the people are protected, especially in respect to job opportunities, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has bagged the prestigious Order of the Pride of Africa and the 2016 Mandela Medal for A Long Walk To Freedom Awards.

Ambassador Joseph Rankin, Governor General for Africa, International Commission of Diplomatic Relations, Human Rights and Peace Ambassador for the African Region – International Human Rights Commission, presented the awards in a brief but impressive ceremony which was graced by the presence of the wife of the state governor, Dame Edith Okowa and top government functionaries at the Government House, Asaba.

According to Ambassador Rankin, “nominees for the award must have made substantial and long-term contributions in furtherance of civil rights, civil liberties, human rights on the African continent,” he said, asserting, “the Mandela Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Africa; the African region headquarters of the International Human Rights Commission, Geneva, Switzerland has established this award to honor and give public recognition to an individual that has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of human rights on the African continent.”

While noting that “the Mandela Medal is the pinnacle of human rights recognition in Africa,” the Ambassador disclosed, “we are in Asaba city, the capital of Delta State in Nigeria to honour and commend a great achiever who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other United Nation’s Human Rights instruments.”

He added that the Governor was carefully selected by a special committee comprising the General Assembly members of the IHRC and the Economic and Social Council of the International Commission of Diplomatic Relations, Human Rights and Peace, noting that the creation of job opportunities through skill acquisition programme of the state government that will make the beneficiaries millionaires within a decade was laudable.

The Ambassador also, observed that apart from job creation which the Governor Okowa administration has done very well through the Job Creation Office, Governor Okowa’s administration had also, put structures in place to ensure that the rights of the citizens are protected.

Governor Okowa in his response, stated, “I feel honored to receive this award and more so when it has to do with our departed father, Dr. Nelson Mandela; we know what he represented when he was alive and all over the world we do know that he is a symbol of human rights and what it is supposed to be in this age today.”

“There is no doubt that in Africa, particularly Nigeria and our dear state in particular, that the issue of poverty and underdevelopment that is in the land has to be addressed; it may not be possible to address everything in one day or two, even in a year or a tenure but we must continue to play the very little roles that we can consistently play and stay focused on the goal if we must get our people out of where they are at the moment and therefore we must continue to promote good governance,” the Governor said at the occasion, adding that the peace building efforts of his administration had started yielding positive results.

He said, “we have been building peace, because, we came at a time when everything appeared to be going down the drain and I believe that with the peace building efforts and engaging the youths, we have continued to give hope and to keep hope alive for our people; we are also working on several justice reforms and it is our belief and our hope that we will continue to put processes in place that will uphold the freedom of our people and will uphold their rights because, it is important and we must, even as we uphold their rights, ensure that they have access to education and health and here in this state, we have started a contributory health scheme which is going to ensure as it progress on that every Deltan has access to good health beyond the fact that we expect every Deltan will have access to education.”

“A man cannot be free if he is hungry, a man cannot be free when he has no access to health, a man who is ignorant cannot be said to be free and we will continue to do our best despite the recession, we will remain focused and I will appeal to all Deltans that they should continue to cooperate with us and we may not be shouting about the things that we do, but, we will remain consistent on the fact that we want to touch the lives of our people,” the Governor said.

From Left: Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; the Ambassador African Region, Amb. Dr Joseph Rankin and the Secretary General, African Region, Dr. Ahure Innocent, during the presentation of Prestigious Order of the Pride of Affrica and the Medella Long Walk to Freedom Award by the Ambassador to the Governor in Asaba.
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Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (2nd left); his wife Dame Edith (middle); the Ambassador African Region, Amb. Dr Joseph Rankin (left); Secretary General, African Region, Dr. Ahure Innocent (2nd left) and the President, Nigeria Board of International Human Right Commission, during the presentation of Prestigious Order of the Pride of Affrica and the Medella Long Walk to Freedom Award the Ambassador to the Governor in Asaba.