- Youth empowerment is at the center of the Okowa-led administration in oil-rich Delta state
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has launched several entrepreneurial programs aimed at empowering young people in his field
- Governor says initiatives have helped keep peace in south-south state as young people are busy
Asaba – Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that with more young entrepreneurs, Nigeria will experience peace.
The governor made the comment recently when he received the chairman and members of the House of Representatives Committee on Higher Education and Services headed by Rt. Hon. Aminu Suleiman, at Government House, Asaba.
Keep them busy to keep the peace
He said his administration used this tactic to keep the peace in the South-South state.
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A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta State government, citing it:
“The more we can actually lift young people out of poverty, the better for us. So our type of program is not just a youth empowerment program, it is an entrepreneurial program.
“We train them for both skill and spirit; we hold them accountable and monitor them very closely. We’ve had a reasonable success story, say about 70 percent so far; many of them are now autonomous and even train others.
Previously, Suleiman told the governor that his team was in the state to continue their oversight function, adding that overseeing the state of higher education institutions enables them to carry out their appropriation functions. .
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Meanwhile, in another statement to Legit.ng, the Delta State government announced on Wednesday (June 16) that it would seek a public-private partnership for the development of its three new universities.
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The chairman of the project management committee for universities, Professor Patrick Muoboghare, revealed this during the presentation of the committee’s report to Governor Okowa at Government House, Asaba.
Muoboghare, who is the state’s former commissioner for higher education, said the committee that was inaugurated on Wednesday April 7 sat for 32 days, concluding its work on Friday June 4.
In a related development, Governor Okowa on Thursday, June 17, called on the federal government to develop the permanent site of the Maritime University of Nigeria (NMU), Okerenkoko in the Warri local government area, southwest of the ‘Delta State.
Okowa made the roll call while welcoming the president and members of the university’s board of trustees who paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Asaba.
According to him, the appeal had become necessary as it would go a long way in putting the university on a solid footing which would ultimately enable it to fulfill its main mandate of providing a good maritime education to its students.
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Recall that Governor Okowa recently urged the federal government to redirect funds from fuel subsidies to health and education services to touch the lives of poor Nigerians, claiming that continued oil subsidies were to support the rich. to the detriment of the poor.
Okowa made that appeal when he received the National Executive Committee of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria headed by its President, Dr Minnie Oseji, at Government House, Asaba on Thursday, June 10.
He said the best way to deal with the very poor in society was to meet their health and education needs, and reiterated the urgent need to redeploy grant funds currently used to petroleum products to the basic needs of poor Nigerians.
Governor Okowa had said earlier that for Nigeria to truly develop as a nation, there must be a partnership between government and people, based on fairness, impartiality and justice.
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The governor said this at a state banquet in honor of retired Delta State Chief Justice Judge Marshal Umukoro on Saturday evening, May 22, at Government House, Asaba.
He said that in such a partnership, consideration of fairness and the rights of all was paramount and that people should be treated fairly and equitably in all transactions.