Delta Govt. To Partner With BDFID To Boost Agriculture

DeltaThe team leader of the British Department for International Development (DFID), Mr. Terry Lacey, has identified agriculture as one of the best ways for job creation especially with the current economic downturn associated with the fall in oil prices in the international market.

He made the declaration during a business visit to the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to discuss their intention to partner with the state government in the areas of agricultural development.

They presented plans to focus on the private sector, and particularly small farmers because they are the foundation to achieving a stable and sustainable economy for the state.

According to him, if some Deltans decide to become small scale farmers, the internally generated revenue and the agriculture sector would see a tremendous boost and for this to happen the small scale farming has to be recognized by government, big scale farmers and companies.

Acknowledging that the DFID programme falls in line with the Governor’s smart agenda in the area of agricultural boost and wealth creation, he noted that keying into this programme would surely bring about a boost in the state’s agricultural produce.

Expressing satisfaction with the partnership and giving assurances of the state government’s support to the agency, Governor Okowa said that the partnership would boost his efforts towards reducing the number of unemployed people in Delta State.

He reiterated his belief that the agricultural sector was a sure way of boosting the state’s internally generated revenue as well as creating job opportunities for the teeming youths in the state.

He also mentioned that his administration was looking into how it can develop more agro based industries especially in areas with comparative advantage of agro products such as cassava and palm oil.

He added that going into agro processing entails creating market linkages which would form a key factor to the success of the agricultural sector in the state.

Delta Steel Company To Commence Full Operation

DeltaDelta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said that the multi-billion naira Delta Steel Company, Aladja would commence full operations in 14 months’ time.

He made this revelation while addressing leaders and elders of Delta North Senatorial District (Anioma nation) who paid him a solidarity visit at Government House, Asaba.

According to the Governor when the steel company becomes fully operational, it would add value to his administration’s commitment to job creation for Delta citizens, disclosing that he had a fruitful discussion with the new owners of the company on the revamping of the steel company during the recent India/Africa Business summit he attended with President Muhammadu Buhari in India.

He also believes that in another 12 to 14 months, the DSC would come alive again with many other companies in the state.

While thanking the people of Delta North for their support and show of solidarity to his administration, the Governor urged the people of Anioma to remain united and cooperate with all ethnic nationalities to move the state forward.

He asserted that the leaders must show examples to their followers so as to engender peace in their areas.

Earlier, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, who spoke on behalf of the Anioma people said that their visit was to show solidarity and support to Governor Okowa.

They congratulated him on his victory at the election petition tribunal, observing that Deltans overwhelmingly voted for the Governor.

Senator Nwaoboshi told the Governor that political leaders and their followers in Anioma have resolved to support his administration to realise vision of prosperity for all Deltans.

Suspended Civil Servants In Delta State Beg For Recall

DeltaSome Delta State civil servants suspended by the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, predominantly youths, have taken their appeal once again to the Governor but this time through the Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour, Mr Mike Okeme.

Acknowledging that the Governor is ‘a man with a great heart, who means well for all Deltans and stands his ground to block all loopholes that may be used to siphon state funds’, they make a very strong appeal to foster a lasting solution to what they described as an ill-suspension.

According to them the shocker came barely 24 hours after the Governor was sworn in May.  They said most of them had resigned from their previous petty jobs, borrowed to rent houses and buy clothes that befits their new jobs as civil servants with the intention of serving the state before they were sacked.

Responding to their appeal, the Special Adviser to the Governor commended the group on their manner of approach towards finding solution to the problem and assured them that their appointments had not been swept under the carpet.

Mr Okeme told them that their appointments had only been put on hold to enable the government ensure an even distribution of jobs for all local governments in the state.

He advised that they should keep their calm, as the government was making frantic efforts to recall some of them.