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General News of Wednesday, 13 January 2021


FG to employ 13,000 unemployed youths - Dr Onu

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has stated that the Federal Government will empower 13,000 unemployed youths to participate in the maintenance of public works for the three tiers of government.

Dr Onu made the statement at the official flag-off of the extended special public works programme (ESPWP) in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.

According to him, the Special Programme is aimed at maintaining public works of the Local, State and Federal government, adding that a thousand youths each were picked from all Local government Areas in the country.

He added that the Special programme will ensure that all public work projects are well maintained.

“The work to be done in each Local Government Area may be different, but on the whole, the aim is to ensure that public works are properly and adequately maintained,” he said.

He urged the beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders of the program to show strong commitment in ensuring efficient implementation as the tools and equipment have been provided by the Federal Government.

Dr Onu further said that the programme will aid the participants to become sustainable and self-employed from the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the program.

He called on the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to show interest in employing the participants.

“I call on the Private Sector to show interest in employing these participants after they have acquired additional knowledge and skills in the process of implementing the programme,” he concluded.

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