About Deserp

MISSION STATEMENT:
Our mission is to build and sustain a better quality of life for Delta State indigenes.

OVERVIEW:
The Delta State Economic Reintegration Programme (DESERP) was set up by the Delta State Government in April 2010, but the programme did not commence operations until August 2010. The goal of DESERP is to help improve the standard of living of Delta State indigenes. The programme is designed to alleviate poverty in the state by helping the indigenes attain financial self-reliance through involvement in productive activities, creation of new job and economic opportunities, providing access to credit facilities for small and medium scale enterprises, and creating opportunities for acquisition of new skills, among others.  

DESERP caters directly to individuals as well as to the community as a whole. Some of the options available to programme participants at individual level include training, paid employment, or self-employment/entrepreneurship programmes. At the community level, the programme assists in the improvement of basic infrastructure and promotes environmental sustainability in line with international standards. DESERP works with members of the communities to identify the needs of their various communities with a view to collaborating with relevant stakeholders to meet some of the identified priority needs.

The objectives of DESERP are as follows:
1.    Help Deltans become engaged in productive economic activities
2.    Create new job opportunities
3.    Provide educational assistance and access to basic education
4.    Provide access to financial products
5.    Provide access to business development services
6.    Encourage capacity-building of community-based organizations
7.    Improve basic infrastructure in the communities
8.    Facilitate access to healthcare

Under its healthcare programme, DESERP focuses on improving access to quality healthcare for Deltans, thus reducing mortality rates across the board, particularly amongst the most vulnerable – pregnant women and children.  DESERP is also involved in efforts to provide Deltans an opportunity to acquire basic education as a means to achieving universal primary education in all the participating communities. As part of DESERP’s educational programme, qualified individuals will be provided with educational grants to attend higher institutions.

The objectives of DESERP are in line with the 3-point agenda of the administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan which are: peace building, human capital development and infrastructural development. Similarly, DESERP is designed to help the people and government of Delta State achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which aim at improving the quality of life of people globally.

The Programme seeks to assist the Delta State Government, the Ministry of Niger Delta, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Corporate Organizations, International Agencies, and other stakeholders in their various efforts to bring development to Delta State by providing expertise and support in the planning and execution of human capital and infrastructure development projects.

DESERP will have six pilot locations, one each for Ijaw, Isoko, Itsekiri, and Ndokwa ethnic nationalities, and two locations for Urhobo nationality. The first pilot programme scheduled to commence soon, will be located in Otor-Owhe in Isoko-land. The dates and locations of other Pilot Programmes will be announced in due course.

DESERP is managed by MCAF Associates Ltd, (“MCAF”) under an Agreement with Delta State Government. However, the programme operates under the auspices of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).