By Nkechinyere Oginyi
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it has recruited about 5000 unemployed youths including women to kick-start its rural empowerment programmme in the State.
Beneficiaries of the program were selected from five local government areas of the state, which included Ohaozara, Afikpo South, Ikwo, Ishielu and Izzi local government areas of Ebonyi State comprising the three geopolitical zone.
The programme according to the agency does not require formal education as it was designed to be implemented as vocational skill programme
The Director General of NDE, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Argungu told newsmen during the recruitment exercise in Abakaliki on Friday that the beneficiaries would be paid N20, 000 each month within the duration of the exercise adding that the programme will assist in curbing the rate of unemployment in the country. Argungu who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics Department of NDE, Mrs. Ifeoma Achigbu explained that the programme tagged ‘Special Public Works in Rural Area Programme’ will engage the beneficiaries in drainage digging and clearance, rural feeder roads maintenance, street cleaning, cleaning of public infrastructure, cleaning of markets and traffic control.
The State Coordinator of NDE, Mr. Marcel Igboanude commended federal government for picking Ebonyi State in the South East geopolitical zone to implement the rural programmme for unemployed youths. According to him, “the activities to be performed are essentially public works and community services. The months of December 2019 and January 2020 are pre-activity period for the programme which will commence in earnest on 1st February, 2020” .
“The program will have local government coordinators who will help federal government to ensure that the beneficiaries will use the money to start up life. They were guided to feel their bank account details with BVN”, he stressed.