Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has received the commendation of the State Assembly for establishing the State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau.
The Chairman Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Special Duties, Honourable Solomon Ighrakpata gave the commendation when the Chief Job Creation Officer appeared before the Committee to defend the 2020 budget proposals of the office.
Ighrakpata, who is also the Deputy Chief Whip of the House, said with the establishment of the Job and Wealth Creation Bureau a good number of the unemployed in the state had been meaningfully engaged through the acquisition of skills and empowerment with starter packs.
He promised that the Committee would assist the Bureau in achieving its mandate in 2020 and urged the Job Creation Bureau to properly monitor the beneficiaries.
The State Chief Job Creation Officer, Professor Eric Eboh said his Bureau was charged with overseeing the STEP and YAGEP programmes of the state government, adding that N1.3bn had been proposed for its activities in 2020.
The Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Mr Mofe Pirah also appeared before the Committee to defend the Bureau’s 2020 proposals.
Pirah said the State Fire Service, the Christian and Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA, were under the supervision of the Bureau and appealed for increased funding to enable it to cope.
The Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on National Assembly, Niger Delta Development Commission and the Directorate of Sustainable Development Goals among others, also defended their proposals for the year 2020 before the Special Duties Committee.