Delta To Intensify Employment Creation Indirectly

THE Delta State government
said it has no immediate plans
to recruit fresh hands into
the public service but to provide
employment indirectly.
The State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi
Okowa stated this today in Government
House, Asaba at the second edition of
the 2017 Quarterly Media Chat with
journalists drawn from across the
State.
Present at the briefing were the
Deputy Governor of the State, Barr
Kingsley Otuaro, the Chairman of the
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Barr
Kingsley Esiso, commissioners and
top government functionaries.
Governor Okowa explained that
the current staff strength of the
State public service was already
overstretched; stating that with
about 60,000 workforces, the state
already had three to four times the
staff strength of most states in the
Country.
The governor reasoned that it would
be irresponsible as a government to
employ more when fewer people were
exiting the service, stressing that the
dwindling revenue to the State over
the past two years had not helped
matters.
He stated that his administration
had made the payment of workers’
salaries a priority rather than
downsizes or resort to cut in payment
of salary, saying it was the trend in
some states in the federation.
The governor also said that his
administration had also been tackling
the challenge of direct engagement
into the public service through
trainings, acquisition of skills,
monitoring and mentoring, citing the
Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship
Programme (YAGEP) as a success
story.
In his words, “We have many success
stories; a case in point was a lady in
Sapele who is currently training 19
people. Another in Ethiope West into
aquaculture has developed her own
hatchery. In Aniocha South, another
beneficiary has undergone four cycles
in poultry and currently engaged
several staff.”
Continuing, Governor Okowa
said: “We have continued to provide
technical education through our
technical schools in Ofagbe, Sapele
and Agbor while those at Issele-Uku
and Ogor are undergoing renovation.
From our eight vocational centres we
already have 4,000 persons gainfully
engaged and we believe the number
will increase. We believe that the
way forward is to grow people with
the mindset to be confident and
independent to hold forth rather than
rely on others for sustenance