By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—AN employment scam has been uncovered in some of the flood relief camps in Delta State, as swindlers are allegedly selling employment forms to victims at N20,000, with a view to securing jobs for them.
This was uncovered during one of the regular meetings the governor normally has with political office holders, members of the State House of Assembly, camp commandants and other stakeholders on daily basis.
At one of such meetings held on Tuesday, the governor was visibly angry when he got the information that some unscrupulous persons were selling forms for employment in the camps at N20,000 each.
Expressing shock at the extent people could go to make money, the governor said: “There is no employment programme going on in the camps. I have not directed any group or individuals to recruit people to work in the camps. Indeed, nobody is recruiting workers.”
He warned applicants in the state not to allow themselves to be duped, even as he said that anybody buying form for recruitment into the camps for any job was doing so at his or her own risk.
Meanwhile, the governor has said that every adult affected by the flood and accommodated in various camps in Delta State would be given N5,000, while every child would receive N3,000 before leaving the camps.
He said the gesture was a “token pocket money” for those anxious to go back to their homes.
Governor Uduaghan said the committee inaugurated to work out modalities for the resettlement of internally displaced persons had not submitted its report, citing that as the reason the ultimate resettlement plan was yet to be unfolded.