Since his inauguration as Executive Governor of Delta State,Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has displayed enormous commitment in giving a new face to Human Capital Development as enshrined in his three-point agenda. With a litany of packages ranging from Micro-Credit Programmes, Free Maternal and Rural Healthcare programmes, Payment of WAEC fees for senior secondary school students, bursary schemes, Youth Empowerment through Agriculture and Farmer's Support Programme (YETA-FSP), various agricultural boosting initiatives, and many others, the governor has simply defined the TRUE FACE OF DELTA as far as human capital development is concerned.
The Uduaghan administration believes that a healthy population is the basis for a wealthy society and this can only be achieved when conscious and sustained efforts are made to empower the populace and create economically viable communities. In Delta State today, it is mandatory that maternal health care services are provided free in all public hospitals under the Free Maternal Healthcare Programme of the administration. Under this scheme, all newly born and infants (up to the age of five) are treated free of charge by the state government.
Also, as part of the governor's continued commitment to the overall wellbeing of Deltans, especially the rural dwellers, the Delta State Government has so far offered free surgical treatment to a total of 19,974 (Nineteen Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy Four) in 94 (Ninety Four) communities across the state under the Free Rural Health Scheme of the state government.
With the understanding that the abundant but redundant energies of youths in the state constitute a threat to the peace and security agenda of his administration, Governor Uduaghan designed the Youth Empowerment through, Agriculture and Farmers' Support Programme (YETA-FSP) to not only positively harness these potentials but also create other avenues of revenue generation for the state government. Under the first phase of the programme, about 450 (Four hundred and fifty) youths from across the 25 (twenty five) Local Government Areas of the State were at Songhai-Delta, Amukpe, for four weeks where they received intensive training on various agricultural programmes. At the end of the training programme, start-up capital was given to the beneficiaries to begin their individual lives.
The Uduaghan administration believes that empowering people in the rural areas can leap-frog the development of the State. Consequently, the state government has so far empowered 37,545 rural dwellers across the State. This was achieved through the Delta Micro-credit Programme, an initiative established to expose rural areas to commercial activities and food production, especially at the cottage level. Beneficiaries includes 2,706 individuals in the cottage industry sector, 25,039 in trading, 6,942 in agriculture, and 2,858 in the service industry. This programme is basically targeted towards the rural population and the urban working poor; unemployed people, particularly school leavers; economically disadvantaged persons especially, women; and physically challenged persons who face discrimination.