Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday dismissed the Federal Government’s social investment programme, especially the Tradermoni scheme as fundamentally flawed.
According to him the beneficiaries are “untrained, untraceable and funding inadequate”.
Atiku, who was represented by his running mate Peter Obi, spoke at a two- day job creation exhibition in Asaba, Delta State.
According to him, unemployment can only be solved by promoting micro, small and medium enterprises, urging the federal government to understudy the Delta State government’s scheme.
His words: “The focus of every government is to create employment and you can’t solve unemployment anywhere in the world without promoting micro, small and medium enterprises.
“So, what Governor Okowa is doing through the job creation office, training people and giving them the funding to start their businesses.
“When you compare it with the Trader Moni initiative by the F.G, I really don’t want to compare them, but how can you give people N10, 000 without training?
“Who do we even know that they are giving the money? How would they collect the money?
“Here we train them and support them with funding. This is happening only in Delta.
“Other government should come and learn from Okowa. So the Federal Government should come to Delta State and learn.”
Okowa said the economic downturn that heralded his assumption of office threatened to derail his campaign promise of prosperity for all Deltans, adding “our novel job creation scheme, geared at nurturing, supporting, supporting and promoting micro, small and medium scale enterprises is triggering off a new wave of economic growth, social inclusion and sustainable development.”
He said 4,253 unemployed youths have become business owners across various skill areas since his administration came on board.
Okowa listed the areas of job training to include ICT, catering, event management, beauty services, agricultural production and agricultural processing.
He said the job creation scheme has been endorsed by the World Bank/European Union State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) for funding support.