By Emma Amaize
ASABA—DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, says his administration created Ministry of Poverty Alleviation to tackle job creation for the teeming unemployed and qualified Deltans in collaboration with investors and relevant employment agencies.
Speaking at Government House, Asaba, where he played host to the Director-General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed and his top officials, Uduaghan said, “As a state government, in the first dispensation, we created jobs, but in this second tenure, major agenda is job creation.”
He said: “The biggest challenge in the country today is unemployment, once the people are unemployed, they form a pool that can be recruited for mischief. That is why we want to provide opportunities for the young ones to be employed.”
Further he said, “The problem again is that 38 to 40 per cent of the unemployed population is unemployable and that is where you, NDE, comes in with your skill acquisition centres, one of which you came to inspect at Onicha-Ugbo.”
Governor Uduaghan said the state government has many skill acquisition centres, including a joint one with UNICEF in Sapele, and was developing a new one inUgbokodo, near Warri in conjunction with UNDP.
The governor also spoke on his vision to industrialize the state, adding that investors from Saudi Arabia and India visited the state, during the week, to inspec the $16 billion petrochemical and fertilizer plants, expected to create about 500,000 jobs in the state.
He said the state Independent Power Plant, IPP, project at Oghara was on course and that the government was working on other critical infrastructures that would generate employment for the people.
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