Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has stressed the need for wealthy Deltans, philanthropists, elected representatives and politicians to shift focus from cash gifts as empowerment strategy and emulate government’s immediate and long term prosperity agenda through human capital development, especially investments in vocational training, mechanized farming, technical education, jobs and wealth creation.
The governor noted that cash gifts not backed by capacity training may not endure for a long time, and called on wealthy Deltans and corporate organisations to join hands and or partner government in uplifting the standards of living of the people by sponsoring and investing substantially in job and wealth creation as well as capacity building programmes.
Okowa spoke at the grand finale of 05 Initiative and Restore Sight Africa free medical outreach held at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba.
He commended the First Lady of Delta State, Dame Edith Okowa, for the huge success recorded by her pet project (05 Initiative) within a short period of three years. He enumerated some of her achievements as the 12 sickle cell clinics built and equipped across the state as well as restoration of sights of 23,000 persons and over 2,000 successful eye surgeries.