WorldStage Newsonline-- The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched the labour intensive component of the Community Services, Women and Youth Employment component of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) in Yola, Adamawa State, with the pledge that it would generate 370,000 jobs.
The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said while launching the scheme. that given the peculiar challenges facing the country at this point of its history, job creation is not just an economic issue, but a practical challenge which has great implications for the well being and security of the country.
“That is why job creation is central to the economic strategy of the Jonathan administration. The country will face formidable challenges if the country fails to deliver on youth employment,” she said.
According to a statement by Paul C Nwabuikwu, Senior Special Assistant to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, the community services project will create 370,000 jobs for unskilled youth across the country.
“The jobs will be created in areas such as: improving public social and economic infrastructure in environmental sanitation and beautification; afforestation and desertification/erosion control; road and institutional-buildings maintenance and rehabilitation; community vigilante services amongst others,” the statement said.
Okonjo-Iweala was said to have commended the Adamawa State Government for its focus on agriculture and skills acquisition in its development drive.
On the implementation priorities, she said: “the scheme is designed to deliberately target unskilled, unemployed and poor women and youths, as well as other vulnerable members of the society, with no meaningful of livelihood.”
She explained further that “selection of the target beneficiaries will be community or grass-roots based and will be done by already established and recognized Community-based Associations who are better positioned to know the poor among them. Further-more, we believe that involving the people in decision making at that level, will strengthen partnerships around the scheme and contribute to project success.”
Dr Okonjo-Iweala described the partnership between the states and the Federal Government as critical to realising the objectives of the government in job creation.