By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
THE Federal Government has said the Community Services Women and Youth Employment, CSWYE, project of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, has created no fewer than 21,000 job opportunities in the North-West Geo-political zone of the country.
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, disclosed this when he led a delegation comprising the Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdukadir, and his Ministry of Environment counterpart, Hajia Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafa, the Special Adviser to Mr. President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulack, on sensitisation and appraisal visit of the CSWYE project to the Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji, Mukhtar Yero.
According to a statement by Olowookere Samuel, Assistant Director (Press), in the Labour Ministry, five other ministers were also represented at the event.
According to Wogu “The present administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is working and putting the masses first in its development plans. In the North-West Geo-political zone a total of 21, 000 women, youths and people living with disabilities are benefiting from the Community Services Women and Youths Employment Project”.
He enumerated the gains of SURE-P in the North-west geo-political zone, to include the Kano Maiduguri Road dual-carriage way; construction of bridges, the Abuja-Kaduna Railway modernisation project, the Maternal and Child Health projects as well as over 4,132km road maintenance projects among others.
Wogu commended the implementation process of the CSWYE project in Kaduna State, affirming that, “the state, though not a pilot state has done very well on the implementation process, the speed of submission of time sheets for the payment of stipends to beneficiaries has been commendable, and payment has been made up to June 2013.”
Responding, Governor Yero, tasked the Federal Government on the sustainability of the project which he said would take the youths off the streets.