Minister for National Planning Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Olarewaju Suleiman has scored Delta State high in capturing the objectives of the State Employment and Expenditure for Result Project saying that within two years, the state had generated close to 6,000 jobs.
The minister who spoke at the Validation Workshop on the Informal Sector and Economic Development in Asaba, at the weekend, said that Delta state has beaten other states in the South South zone, including Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers.
State Employment and Expenditure for Result Project (SEEFOR) is an initiative of the World Bank and European Union ti helpe the Federal Government in its crusade against criminality and insurgency, war against poverty via jobs creation.
Olarewaju Suleiman asked the benefitting states to deepen their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to avoid running into terrible poverty as the country’s revenue earnings decline.
“I am pleased to inform you that in less than two years into the implementation of the SEEFOR project, 8,605 jobs have been created mainly in the informal sector, with Delta State accounting for 5,444 of the jobs created.
“I can confirm from my inspection visits to some of the SEEFOR projects located in Delta State that the state is doing well with respect to the implementation of SEEFOR projects.”
Besides that, the Minister lauded Governor Uduaghan for off-setting the state’s $150 million counterpart funds, appealing to him to expedite action on the signing of the bureaucratic compliance.
While the Minister expressed optimism that the tempo would be sustained, he urged other participating states to gear up. [myad]