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ACHEIVEMENTS OF OKOWA ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE JOB CREATION SCHEME

 

The job creation scheme was started in August 2015 and has run two cycles (2015/16 & 2016/17) since then. It is now in the third successive cycle.

 

COMPOSITION OF THE JOB CREATION SCHEME

 

The job creation scheme is being implemented in four kinds:

 

  1. Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP);
  2. Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP);
  3. Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP); and
  4. Special programme on skills acquisition and empowerment for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

 

The 2015-2016 programme cycle included implementation of the Production and Processing Support Programme (PPSP) involving the provision of subsidized farm inputs and equipment to existing smallholder farmers to improve output and productivity as well as provision of agro-processing plants and equipment to farmers’ cooperatives and women’s groups to enhance processing and value addition to agricultural produce (cassava, rice and oil palm). Another element of the PPSP was the tractorization scheme under which the state government provides tractor with implements to farmers’ cooperatives and farm establishments on soft lease. The aim of the PPSP is to develop the agricultural value chain, improve farmers’ income, ensure agricultural prosperity and economic diversification in the state.

 

NUMBER AND COVERAGE OF BENEFICIARIES

 

Two years after the launch of the job creation scheme, the state is already harvesting its fruits. A total of two thousand three hundred and twenty four (2,324) unemployed youths have been transformed into owners of business enterprises, self-employed individuals and employers of labour. This total includes one thousand six hundred and eighty seven (1,687) STEPreneurs, six hundred and eighteen (618) YAGEPreneurs and nineteen (19) beneficiaries of the Graduate Employment Enhancement Programme (GEEP).

 

In line with His Excellency, the Governor’s principle of inclusiveness, STEP and YAGEP beneficiaries comprise males 64% and females 36% and include fifty one (51) Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

 

TYPES OF STEP & YAGEP ENTERPRISES

 

The STEP enterprises include the following: Decoration and Event Management, Catering and Confectionary, Hair Dressing, Makeover and Cosmetology, Fashion Design & Tailoring, Electrical Installation (including solar power), Welding and Fabrication, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Audio-Visual Services, Plumbing, Tiling, Interlocking, Block Molding and Upholstery. On the other hand, the YAGEP enterprises include Fish Production, Piggery, Crop Production (Rice, Cassava and Vegetables) and Poultry.

 

HUGE IMPACTS ON UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS

 

Today, thanks to the vision, leadership and unwavering commitment of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, the entrepreneurial landscape of the state is now dotted with vibrant, innovative and well-motivated educated youths actively and gainfully engaged in their enterprises. Many STEPreneurs and YAGEPreneurs bear various testimonies of life-changing and dramatic personal impacts of the job creation programmes.

 

Beyond the phenomenal turn-around in their economic and social circumstances, many of them are progressing their businesses on many fronts, including as trainers in their respective vocational skills and having products/services that compete well in markets outside the state. There are numerous cases of previously employed youths who, through the job creation scheme, have rediscovered themselves and are happily deploying their vocational skills as productive economic agents.

 

HUGE IMPACTS OF THE PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING SUPPORT PROGRAMME (PPSP)

 

More than one thousand five hundred (1,500) farmers and agro-processors have been directly impacted upon through the support provided under the PPSP. They include cassava farmers, poultry farmers, tomato farmers, pig farmers, fish farmers, cassava processors and oil palm processors. The programme has also had significant impact on the use of tractors with implements in the state, following the soft lease and provision of sixty four (64) tractors with implements for farmers’ cooperatives and farm establishments throughout the state. Before the programme started, there was not more than 2 tractors supported by the state government.

 

 

YAGEP FARM CLUSTERS ARE TRANSFORMING THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY OF THE STATE

 

The development of YAGEP farm clusters for poultry, piggery, fish production and crop production have transformed the agricultural landscape of the state.

 

From inception to date, a total of twenty five (25) YAGEP farm clusters (crop, livestock and aquaculture) have been developed and are operational throughout the state. These clusters are now significant agricultural growth poles for greater use of more efficient farm inputs and new technologies, enhancement of agricultural productivity and incomes and development of the agricultural value chain in the state.

 

TABLE 1. LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION OF YAGEP CLUSTERS

 

S/N

NAME/LOCATION OF YAGEP CLUSTER

LGA

CLUSTERED ENTERPRISES

1

ABOH OGWASHI

ANIOCHA SOUTH

POULTRY

2

ADP-IBUSA

OSHIMILI NORTH

POULTRY, PIGGERY AND FISHERY

3

ALISIME

IKA SOUTH

POULTRY AND FISHERY

4

CAMP 74

OSHIMILI SOUTH

FISHERY

5

EDJOPHE

UGHELLI SOUTH

POULTRY AND PIGGERY

6

EKO-IBADA (AMUKPE)

SAPELE

POULTRY, PIGGERY AND FISHERY

7

EKPAN-OVU

OKPE

POULTRY 

8

KOKO

WARRI NORTH

POULTRY, PIGGERY AND FISHERY

9

KPAKIAMA

BOMADI

POULTRY

10

MEREJE

OKPE

POULTRY AND PIGGERY

11

OBIARUKU

UKWUANI

POULTRY AND PIGGERY

12

OGHARA

ETHIOPE WEST

POULTRY

13

OTOR-IYEDE

ISOKO SOUTH

PIGGERY AND FISHERY

14

OTOR-UDU

UDU

POULTRY, PIGGERY AND FISHERY

15

OWA-ALERO

IKA NORTH-EAST

POULTRY, PIGGERY AND FISHERY

16

OZORO

ISOKO NORTH

POULTRY

17

UBULU-UKU

ANIOCHA SOUTH

POULTRY AND PIGGERY

18

UMUSAM

NDOKWA WEST

PIGGERY AND POULTRY

19

URO-IRRI

ISOKO SOUTH

POULTRY

20

EGBOKODO-ITSEKIRI

WARRI SOUTH

FISHERY

21

UGBOKODO-OKPE

OKPE

FISHERY

22

MBIRI

IKA NORTH EAST

FISHERY, TOMATOE/VEGETABLES

23

OLOA-OSSISA

NDOKWA EAST

FISHERY

24

ANWAI

OSHIMILI SOUTH

FISHERY

25

SONGHAI DELTA

AMUKPE

VEGETABLES

 

Additional YAGEP clusters are being developed in the 2017-2018 programme cycle.

 

VALIDATION AND PARTNERSHIP SUPPORT FROM THE WORLD BANK

 

Following validation of the state’s job creation model and its implementation, World Bank Nigeria is providing funding support for STEP & YAGEP under the States’ Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) project. As Delta State job creation model receives wider endorsement, other international development partners are expected to follow the trail of the World Bank Nigeria in providing institutional and funding support to STEP & YAGEP.