SURE-P urges beneficiaries to go for entitlements

SURE-P-251117 August 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, has advised participants in its Community Service, Women and Youth Empowerment Project, CSWYE, to confirm lodgement of their entitlements in their banks.

SURE-P’s Project Implementation Unit, PIU, domiciled in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, which made the disclosure in a statement, regretted the delay that led to the piling up of the entitlements.

The PIU said the funds for the payments reached it two weeks ago and that within two days, the disbursements commenced in the spirit of transparency and in consideration of the circumstances of the beneficiaries.

“All those who have not received bank confirmation should go to the banks to confirm the circumstances surrounding their entitlements as all necessary documentation was passed on to the banks within two days of the receipt of the funds.

“Participants are also urged to as usual position and portray themselves as ambassadors of the Federal Government’s transformation agenda and not allow themselves to be used by agents of destabilisation,” the statement said.

The PIU further assured that disbursement to beneficiaries would be regularly made for every month as the funds come in.

CSWYE project is one of the key delivery channels of the SURE-P programme and presently engages up to 370,000 Nigerian youths deployed in community development services across the country.

Meanwhile, International Organisation for Migration, IOM,  has donated Information Technology Equipment to the International Labour Migration Desk in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Abuja.

The donation is to ensure effective regulatory framework and result-oriented institutional mechanisms are put in place to promote organised labour migration policy for national development.

The Chief of Mission, IOM, Enira Krdzalic, who handed over the equipment to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh, said the gesture was aimed at strengthening the operational framework and capacity of National Electronic Labour Exchange, NELEX,  to perform its functions to job seekers and employers.

According to her, “The equipment is aimed at strengthening the operational framework and capacity of the International Labour Migration Desk to perform its functions effectively and efficiently to job seekers and employers. The equipment will also facilitate full operationalization of the National Electronic Labour Exchange (NELEX), a platform for promoting labour engagement and human development”.

She added that IOM was set to replicate NELEX in additional five states of the federation; Anambra, Bauchi, Delta, Kaduna and Lagos State to address the challenges of unemployment and educate job seekers on resume development techniques and preparation for job interviews.

In his response, Illoh appreciated the contribution of IOM towards the actualisation of the ministry’s objective most importantly on the issue of National Policy on Labour Migration, stating that the Ministry was set to present draft copy of the policy to the National Executive Council soon.

The Permanent Secretary stressed the readiness of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to continue partnering with the International Organisation for Migration.

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