Borno governor, Kashim Shettima, has directed the State Civil Service Commission to begin the recruitment of three hundred unemployed graduates, of various fields, from its 27 local government areas.
Governor Shettima said this at the presentation of certificates to 10 youths sponsored by the state government for a one year course on electricity generation, distribution and transmission at the National Power Training Institute.
The governor directed the State Head of Service to employ the trainees for posting to Ministries, dealing with the ongoing reconstruction of public infrastructure and private homes across the state.
Governor Shettima said the 10 youths should be employed out of the 300 slots he had approved for graduates without jobs.
The 300 slots were created due to the verification of workers at the state civil service, which led to the discovery of about ten thousand ghost workers, who had been on the payroll of the State Government for over twenty years.
A statement said the government now spends about 2.2 billion naira monthly for salaries and pensions, against the previous salary bill of 2.7 billion naira since 1999.
According to Governor Shettima, with monthly savings of over five hundred million naira, the Borno State Government could not only afford a fresh recruitment of graduates under the first phase of employment that was likely to continue, but that workers would be eventually employed for other categories in the civil service.
The Governor said the aim of the fresh employment was not just to engage idle graduates, but also to reposition the State Civil Service with productive youths that will play a crucial role in the ongoing rebuilding of Borno State as part of post insurgency efforts.