74,000 Nigerians to benefit from SURE-P community service – Wogu

Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu18 May 2013, Abuja –  Chief Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, said 74,000 Nigerians would be employed in the second phase of the SURE-P Community Service Scheme, CSS.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olowookere Samuel, Assistant Director, Press, in the ministry on Thursday in Abuja.

It said the minister announced the figure when the Vice Chairmen of the States Coordination and Implementation Committee of the SURE-P scheme visited him.

It explained that 2,000 persons from each of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT would be employed in the second phase of the scheme, following the successful implementation of the first phase.

“I can tell you categorically that in each of the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, we have engaged 3,000 persons per state in the CSS of SURE-P.

“We are set to begin the second phase of the scheme with the intention of engaging additional 2,000 persons in each state and FCT,’’ Wogu said.

It said the minister charged the vice chairmen to bring their professional and technical knowledge to bear towards achieving the target of the scheme as set by the Federal Government.

“The ministry is working towards developing a viable exit strategy for beneficiaries of the scheme at the completion of their one year temporary employment with the aim of making them self sustained.

“We are planning to engage beneficiaries in full employment or self employment aimed at making them entrepreneurs in any area of their choice at the end of the one year programme with the CSS,’’ Wogu added.

The Project Director of CSS, Dr. Martina Nwordu, urged the technical officers to avail themselves of the opportunity of the training to eradicate delays in processing of stipend from states.

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