By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—Anambra State government said yesterday it would employ 1000 graduates into the state workforce before the end of this month.
Governor Willie Obiano, who gave the cheering news during the inaugural youth leaders camp of National Youth Council of Nigeria at Mbagwu, Awka North Local Government Area of the state, said it was part of the state government’s efforts to reduce unemployment.
Obiano, who spoke through the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Tony Nnacheta, announced that 450 youths currently in the camp would get automatic employment.
According to him, the state government has other programmes that would benefit the youths of the state.
He added that Anambra State has invested about $1.9 billion in agriculture and technology aimed at boosting youth employment, while about $500 million investment would be coming into the state in a few days, all in the interest of the youth.
He also said government has put in place measures to shore up the state’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, before the end of Obiano’s administration.
Nnacheta said the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) had jumped from N400 million to N1.1 billion per month, adding that the state was targeting N2 billion per month before the end of the year.
He urged youths to be more proactive by showing determination to succeed because better opportunities awaited them under Governor Obiano.
In his address, the state chairman of National Youth Council, Frank Maduka, commended the state governor for the unflinching support towards youth empowerment and irrevocable commitment to an all-round youth development in the state.