The Delta State House of Assembly, DTHA at Thursday, August 22, 2019 plenary, passed the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau Bill 2019 for the third time, heralding the successful passage of the bill into law by the Legislature.
The bill which seeks to institutionalize the Job and Wealth Creation Office set up by State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa in his first term, when signed into law, will contribute to the Stronger Delta agenda of Okowa’s administration, empowering it to sustain the creation of jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state beyond the cycle of his administration.
At the committee of the whole chaired by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, the House studied the 13-Claused bill, making numerous amendments to fine tune its structure for further actions.
The Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere moved the motion for the third reading of the bill which was seconded by the Majority Whip, Hon Solomon Ighrakpata.
The bill passed a voice vote by the lawmakers present at plenary when put forth for the ‘Ayes and Nays’ question by the Speaker.
Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, commended the ad-hoc committee and fellow lawmakers for their contributions towards the successful passage of the bill, stressing that, the passage of the bill will improve the lives of Deltans and boost the economic base of the State.
The passage of this executive bill, marks the first bill passed by the Seventh Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly after two months and 12 days since its inauguration.
The functions of the Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau include to design, plan and execute job and wealth creation programmes, projects and initiatives aimed at curbing youth unemployment through skills acquisition training, entrepreneurship development, start ups, establishment and economic empowerment of youths in various vocational technical and agricultural enterprises and businesses.
The Bureau will also collect, collate and document data bank of unemployed, under employed and fully employed persons within the state and establish a sustainable data base of diverse specialized labour skills.
The Bureau will be charged with the responsibility of implementing policies and programmes that would generate direct and indirect jobs among others.