02 December 2013, Abuja – Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, has revealed that beneficiaries of the Community Services Women and Youths Employment Project (CSWYE), of SURE-P, have reached 118, 912 in the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.
Wogu disclosed this in Abuja during a formal meeting with members of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
Wogu said: “The volume of work done by the beneficiaries of CSWYE so far in all the states of the federation translated to a total of 160,548,400 man-hours, with environmental sanitation accounting for the highest value of 110,776,900 man-hours and traffic control the lowest, with a total of 3,817,300 man-hours output.
He said a total of 118,912 persons, who comprise 75,823 males and 43,089 females; with 5122 physically challenged persons spread across a total of 8,864 service points in 11,139 communities of 8,993 wards across the 774 Local Government Areas of the federation are currently benefitting from the project.
The Minister emphasised that the CSWYE Project of SURE-P is a promise kept to Nigerians, with the unique features that ensure transparency and accountability, adding that it is the first of its kind that has direct positive impact on the lives of poor women, youths and other vulnerable members of the society.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on SURE-P, Senator Abdul Ningi, commended the minister for his transparent presentation, adding that it is worthy of emulation.
Ningi affirmed that the CSWYE is a project that should be supported and sustained because of its direct bearing on the poor and vulnerable citizens of the country.
“For us as a Senate and a Committee, we view this particular programme as very cardinal and very important to the wellbeing of the citizens of this Country. We believe if properly implemented, Community Services Women and Youths Employment Project of SURE-P will be a catalyst for development,” he said.
– The Nation