Over 10,000 apply for empowerment project in Delta

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Asaba -No fewer than 10,000 people in Delta have applied for the State Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) project.

Mr Benson Ojoko, the state Coordinator of the project, told NAN in Asaba that SEEFOR was being assisted by the World Bank and European Union.

Ojoko explained that the project focuses on employment opportunities and access to socio-economic services, including youth employment through small public works contracts.

Others are grants to public technical and vocational training centres for youth training and grants for community-driven development initiatives, among others..

He said that in 2013 when the programme was launched in the state, a total of 400 persons were engaged in Asaba, while more than 1,300 persons were also engaged in  Warri.

Ojoko explained that the number was increased from 400 to 1,345 persons, to enable more persons to participate in the programme.

He said that the maximum duration of the programme was 12 months, adding that the essence was to encourage other applicants to participate.

The coordinator explained that each participant was entitled to a monthly salary of N20,000, adding that out of the amount, 80 per cent of the money would be paid directly to the beneficiary’s bank account.

Ojoko said that 15 per cent would be kept in a compulsory savings account, while the remaining five per cent would be part of the vocational training being packaged for the beneficiaries.

He said that the programme was aimed at helping people to acquire new skills in different vocations, to enable them to gain employment or become self-employed.

“We are creating job opportunities through small public works and community-driven development initiatives,’’ he said.
On the impact of the SEEFOR programme in the lives of the people of the state, Ojoko said that it would help to provide employment for youths and support them to acquire the requisite skill that could make them employable.

According to him, selected roads and drains currently in bad shape will be rehabilitated, thereby providing motorable roads for vehicle owners and reduce the risk for pedestrians.

On the objectives of the programme, Ojoko said it would help to enhance opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services as well as improve public expenditure management systems of the state.

He gave an assurance that more persons would be engaged in the five-year programme. (NAN)

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