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DIRECTORATE OF ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT.

DEPARTMENTS AND NAMEPRINCIPAL OFFICERS.

            1.Alhaji Yusuf Alhassan (Barma)

Special Adviser.

2. Muhammad Jamilu Abubakar

(Permanent Secretary).

3. Isah Garba Dallah (Director Admin

and Finance Department).

4. Muktari Isma\'ila (Director Skills

Acquisition Department).

5. Muhammad Saudi Shehu (Ag.

Director Programmes Department).

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

 

INTRODUCTION

The Directorate of Economic Empowerment was established as a direct response to the dire consequences of unemployment. Thus with a view to improving economic potentialities of persons and the state at large.

The Directorate was mandated among other things to design and implement programmes to combat mass unemployment as well as articulate policies aimed at developing work programmes and schemes. Entrepreneurship Development Training/Empowerment. Rural Employment Development Creation. Skills Acquisition Training, Employment Promotion through trainings and loan facilities.

These programmes and schemes ar~ put in place and directed towards the general economic empowerment of people of Jigawa State. A part from programmes, there are branches and units that perform functions which facilitate economic empowerment delivery activities across the State.

POLICY AND FUNCTIONS

In line with the SEEDs (State Economic and Empowerment Development Strategy) the Directorate will now be responsible for the following fundions:-

1.    Poverty alleviation.

2.    Job Creation.

3.    Employment Generation.

4.    Placement of youth, women, retired, retiring and interested civil servants in the productive sectors of the economy.

5.    Reactivation of Traditional Crafts.

 

 

POLICY DIRECTION

           The Directorate will serve as a new Exit Strategy for Civil Servants. This

            programme will involve the following:-

a)     Those who want retire voluntarily.

b)     Those are due for retirement.

c)     Those who have retired and are interested in joining the scheme.

            The objectives and produces are thus: -

a.            The objective of this programme is the reduction of the size of the public service in Jigawa State and increasing economic activity by ensuring that civil servants leaving the service are able to establish productive livelihoods outside the service.

b.            The programme will be developed and targets will be set in terms of numbers of civil servants to be successfully guided through transition from public to private enterprises.

c.            A retiring or voluntary retiring civil servant will join the programme for the period required for the training. The training may last from 6 months to 12 months. The programmes developed will be human resource development with wide range of training options combined with entrepreneurship facilities. Facilities will be provided for peaceful exit through:-

 

a)     Micro-financing.

b)     Bank Loan.

c)     Partnership

The programme is aimed at empowering the youth and civil servants with the skills that will have more positive impact on the economy of the state. The category of the beneficiaries are as follows:-

a.    Youth.

b.    Adult women.

c.    Retiring Civil Servants.

d.    Serving Civil Servants.

The Directorate will be responsible for

a.            Admission of the participants.

b.            Training.

c.            Payment of Allowances.

d.            Post Training activities.

The Skills Acquisition Programme will also be a beneficiary of the micro­credit scheme.

The youths will be grouped on the basis of trades and will be introduced to micro-credit financing the groups will be stratified according to their financial demand. The first will be those from N1, 000 above as follows:

·Group I                                    N1,000                       N50,000.00

·Group II                                  N50,000                     N250,000.00

·Group III                 N300,000 above to be introduced to Ministry of Commerce and Industry for SME loan through Micro-Finance Banks or Commercial Banks.

The Commercial Banks that are interested will be contacted so also Jigawa Savings and Loans and the NACRDB for credit accessibility and funding.

The Directorate through its entrepreneurship scheme will assist in finding markets for the goods produced and will strictly monitor the performance of the projects.

The State Government through the directorate is expected to guarantee the loans or alternatively the loans can be disbursed through the Directorate for proper monitoring.

 

DEVELOPMENT OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

 

The Development of traditional crafts programme will follow the system of the main skill training.

This will involve specialized trades which are traditional, commercially, viable and can provide employment for our youths. This will also be sustenance to our cultural heritage.

The Directorate will identify some these specialized trades in each LGA or group and after discussion and MOU drawn, the \"Master Craftsman\" will each be given about 20 trainees.

The period of training will last between 9 and 12 months and the directorate will supervise the training will strictly adhere to the appropriate procedures for standardization and certification.

The beneficiaries will go through the directorate\'s micro-credit scheme.

The package will also include the entrepreneurship programme and introduction to readymade markets.

MARKETING

The two programmes of Skills Acquisition Training and the Development of Traditional Crafts will enjoy the directorate\'s provision of facilities as follows:-

a.            Storage facilities.

b.            Processing facilities.

c.            Market

The storage facilities for perishable products will be provided and the items such as meat, fruit and vegetables can be transported to far distant places such as Kaduna and Abuja. There may also be processing facilities for items such as leather, agricultural products and junks. These can be graded and sold at national and international markets.

TRADES AVAILABLE AT SKILLS CENTRES

                                                              i.      Carpentry.

                                                           ii.      Block making and Block laying (Concreting). Electrical Installation.

                                                         iii.      Auto Mechanic.

                                                         iv.      Welding and Metal Fabrication.

                                                            v.      Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. (Cooling System). Fashion Design (Tailoring) and Knitting.

                                                         vi.      Computer Studies.

                                                       vii.      GSM Repairs

                                                    viii.      Small water pump repairs

                                                         ix.      Vegetable and fruit Production

                                                            x.      Leather Technology.

Leather technology will be introduced to tap the leather resources of the state through the directorate.

TRADITIONAL TRADES

                                                                     I.            Leather works i.e Bags, Tuntun, fans etc. Tanning - local and improved methods. Traditional embroidering eg kwado da linzami. Blacksmithing - Farfaru, Babbaku.

                                                                  II.            Local Barbing/Modern Barbing Manicure and Pedicure.

                                                               III.            Horse attire.

                                                               IV.            Local snacks ie Alkaki, Dakuwa, Caccabe. Etc. Batik dying.

                                                                  V.            Making throw pillows. Woodcarving - sassaka.

                                                               VI.            Traditional building using makuba etc. Ceramics pottery.

The Directorate\'s programme officers will go round the Local Government Area\'s and identify the master craftsman in all the Local Government Area\'s and assess the facilities available for the training of the would be participants.

 

CONTACT: DIRECTORATE OF ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

                              DEPUTY GOVERNOR`S OFFCE, DUTSE

Email: jigecopower@jigawastate.gov.ng

 

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