How We’re Diversifying Delta Economy, Gov Okowa

*R-L: Chief Economic Adviser to Delta State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu, Executive Assistant/Coordinator, Delta/UNIDO Centre, Export Initiative, Chief (Mrs) Shimite Bello, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Barry Gbe and the Chief Strategist to the State, Hon. Festus Agasat the official unveiling of “Delta Export Initiative and Exhibition of Made-In-Delta Export products” organized by the Delta UNIDO Centre and Export Initiative (DUCEI),  
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By Andrew Ikehi

Given the fast depleting oil resources, globally, the Delta State Government Monday said it will remain consistently committed to policies and programmes geared towards enhancing the diversification of the state economy.

The State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa who stated this yesterday during the official unveiling of “Delta Export Initiative and Exhibition of Made-In-Delta Export products” organized by the Delta UNIDO Centre and Export Initiative (DUCEI), hinted that part of the state government’s measure in ensuring robust diversification of the State economy is its ongoing massive investments in infrastructure and skill acquisition.

Represented by the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Barry Gbe, the Governor also noted that his administration, in same direction, has since strengthened its drive in enhancing job and wealth creation in the non-oil export initiative.

According to the Governor, the State Government, apparently aware of the danger posed by constant dependence on oil, has long moved away from the era of paying lip service in the oil sector to the era of action plan.

This, the Governor explained was part of the driving force behind the establishment of the Delta-UNIDO Export Initiative, adding that the vision is also targeted towards beefing up the amount of forex generated, enhance employment generation, access in funding and market as well as assistance in training, branding, packaging and labeling.

While assuring Deltans that his administration will continue to strengthen and consolidate on the Export initiative, the Governor said, “This administration has always created a space for people living with disabilities. In the export market and activities of the UNIDO Centre, people living with disabilities will be included as you are witnessing today.

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“Speaking further, the Governor said, “Obviously, mono-product economy does not augur well for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.

“Oil is a depleting resource. More importantly, the advent of electric cars is a clear and present danger to the future of this industry. Hence, there is an urgent need for the State Government to expeditiously diversify the economy and maximize the non-oil export potentials of the State for accelerated economic development”.

In her welcome address at the event that was attended by government officials, who included the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, Commissioner for Finance, Chief Fidelis Tilije, ChiefEconomic Adviser to the Governor, Dr. Kingsley Emu, the Chief Strategist to the State Government, Hon. Festus Agas, among others, the Executive Assistant/Coordinator, Delta UNIDO Centre, Export Initiative, Chief Shimite Bello said that the State Government through her office is irrevocably committed towards ensuring that Deltans take advantage of the plethora of benefits inherent in export business.

She noted that given the State Government’s commitment towards enhancing the export potentials of the State, Delta will in the next few years become the export hub of the country.

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