Joblessness major cause of insecurity in Nigeria – Ayade
…as minister flags off 774,000 jobs in C’river
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has identified high rate of unemployment among the youths as one of the major causes of insecurity in Nigeria.
Ayade spoke at the flag-off of the Special Public Works (SPW) programme, by Jeddy Godwin Agba, minister of state for power, in Calabar, on Tuesday. The SPW is an initiative of the Federal Government, supervised by the ministry of labour and employment, aimed at engaging 774,000 people across the 774 local governments of the country, for various job opportunities that will last for three months.
Represented at the event by Ivara Esu, his deputy, Ayade commended the Federal Government for the initiative and called for an extension of the programme.
“Insecurity is afflicting the nation and it is occasioned by joblessness and I thank the President for thinking this way about the people. I sincerely hope that those who have been selected will apply themselves for what they are expected to do so that the President will extend it beyond three months and make it permanent”, he said.
Agba, minister of state for power, said the ESPW programme would engage 18,000 unemployed people across the 18 local government areas of the state.
The minister, whose speech was read by Maurice Ibok, said though the programme was an ephemeral strategy, it would provide the necessary economic palliatives for the youths.
Also speaking, Abubakar Nuhu, the acting director-general of the National Directorate for Employment (NDE), described the ESPW as “the single most far-reaching grassroots-based employment initiative.”
The NDE boss said supervisors have been appointed in all the electoral wards of the country to monitor and ensure the effectiveness of the programme.
Gabriel Udam, the state coordinator of NDE, commended the Federal Government for the successful launch of the programme in the state. He said it underscored the government’s passion for creating wealth.