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Published On: Wed, Dec 24th, 2014

SURE-P: KDSG engages 2,550 youth, women for community services

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abt_surepFrom Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

In a bid to reduce youth unemployment in the country, Kaduna state government under the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) yesterday engaged 2,550 youth and women to provide community services within their respective areas of abode.

The beneficiaries were selected from the 23 local government areas comprising ten persons (6 males, 4 females) from each of the 255 wards of the 23 Local Government Area.

They are responsible for sanitation of major roads and public institutions; act as security watch-dogs in the community; control human and vehicular movement during occasions and public functions as well as sensitizing and enlightening the public on peace, unity, drug awareness, good governance and civic responsibilities.

Addressing the beneficiaries and other dignitaries in attendance, the state Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, said they should take the opportunity offered them seriously by adding values to their lives and not solely rely on monthly allowances alone.

According to the Governor, the government’s efforts was geared towards ensuring that youths were gainfully employed in order to encourage productivity and guide against involving in social vices such as drug abuse among others.

To achieved this and similar programmes, the governor revealed that the state government has deposited the sum of N2billion with Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and Bank of Industry (BOI).

The implementation of the programme rested on Ministry of Youth and Sport and Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

In their separate responses, Haruna Usman and Talatu Yakubu, who are beneficiaries, promised to make the best use of the opportunity given to them to serve the state.

 

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