Poverty level in Delta state has been drastically reduced in the past five years.
The state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa stated this on Monday, adding that the feat was achieved through numerous empowerment and job creation programmes.
He spoke while fielding questions on a TVC programme “Your View,’’ through Skype.
Okowa said the state government was committed to giving people of the state good standard of living that they truly deserve as citizens of an oil-producing state, adding that women and youths have benefited immensely from his administration’s job creation programmes, which led to the rating of the state as the second state with the least poor people in the country.
“A lot has been done in Delta state in the last five years and the people are happy. Only recently, Delta was rated very high when it comes to the issue of reduction of poverty because we have done a lot in trying to create jobs for our people and trying to get our people engaged.
“We have done a lot in keeping the oil facilities working as it ought to be and that has greatly improved the local economy.
“And very importantly, we’ve done quite a lot in terms of road infrastructure, health infrastructure and school infrastructure; a lot has been done even as we give special attention to technical education because it is good for us.
“A lot is also being done for the women; in the first instance, in our job creation programme, we have ensured that in everything that we do, there is a minimum of at least 40 per cent of women engaged in the job creation programme.
“We have trained several thousands of youths and of course, most of the fashion designers we are talking about, over 300 of them that were engaged in the production of the one million face masks were actually women.
“From the ministry of women affairs, a lot is being done to empower our women and we have also started a programme such that even as we have reduced our budget for 2020, rather than reduce our budget for women we are actually up-scaling it.
“This is because we understand that this is the time to truly empower women to put food on their tables,’’ the governor stated.