In a bid to realize the goals of the ministry of Economic empowerment and job creation, the Hon. Commissioner for the ministry Rt. Hon. Sabinus Nwankwegu has drawn a time table for the ministry which covers the period of 2015 to 2019. The action time table is contained in his Executive summary of the ministry’s strategic action plan. The document was prepared by the ministry in consultation with some experts and consultants and it is a product of the pragmatic analysis of the ministry’s mandate and obligations.
The strategic action plan is based on vision 20 2020 of the federal government and the transformation agenda of the present administration of His Excellency,
Engr. (Chief) David Umahi (Akubaraoha) which is intended to make the state, which is a non – oil producing state, a leading economy in the country. For example, the current thrust of the ministry’s activities is anchored on its economic empowerment and wealth creation aimed at addressing a number of the state’s and the nation’s socio-economic problems.
The strategic plan builds around four main broad and their accompanying.
- Empower youths, women and retirees through direct training on specific skills/product that will provide them with sustainable means of livelihood
- Establish and manage skills acquisition centers in all the Local Government Councils and three mega skills acquisition centers at the three senatorial zones of Ebonyi state for generational empowerment.
- Attract both local and foreign direct investments (FDI) into the state such as industries for job opportunities and wealth creation (IGR)
- Develop agricultural programmes in rural areas for farmers and youths for job and wealth creation, reduction in rural urban migration and encouragement of cooperative societies and commodity associtons.
The strategic plan also takes into consideration the depleted staff strength in the ministry both in quality and in quantity as shown in the SWOT and gap analysis.
The budget for the plan for the next four years could not be estimated now because of the tumbling nature of the economy and the dwindling of the federal allocations. However, the programmes will be taken and costs attached according to the implementation strategy and the milestone set out for each programme.
If the strategic action plan if fully implemented, the ministry would have through its programmes contributed to the alleviation of poverty and reduces socio-economic crisis in the state through employment creation, establishment of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), wealth creation, boosting agricultural production, import substitution, foreign exchange savings, reduction in rural urban migration, etc.