NDE: FG engaged 5,000 youths in Jigawa

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in five selected local government areas (LGAs) says that the Federal Government is set to engage 5,000 youths through them, in Jigawa.

The NDE Coordinator in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad, said this when he granted the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) an interview in Dutse on Wednesday.

Muhammad said that the beneficiaries would be selected from Babura, Guri, Kazaure, Maigatari and Miga LGAs.

He said they would be engaged through the directorate’s Special Public Service  (SPS) Department.

Muhammad said that the beneficiaries would be expected to be between 18 years and 30 years of age and must not be benefiting from any interventions either from the federal or the state governments.

The coordinator added that 10 beneficiaries would be selected from each of the five piloting LGAs. According to him, the beneficiaries will be made up of 70 percent males and 30 percent females.

Muhammad said they would be engaged in environmental sanitation.

“The beneficiaries will be engaged to clear drains, sweep streets, markets and other important places in their respective LGAs.

“Others will be engaged in clearing  tiger grasses.

“For instances in places like Guri town, we have issues with tiger grass that blocked several kilometers of water flow along Hadejia River,’’ Muhammad said.

He said that the youth would be engaged for three months and would be given N20,000 monthly allowances.

The coordinator said that if the program succeeds, it would be extended to other local government areas of the state.

He said that a team from the NDE had already visited the five selected local government councils to sensitize the youth on the program.

“We have already visited the five LGAs where the pilot program will start. “We sensitized them on the program and how the selection of the beneficiaries would be conducted,” he said.

“Each of the councils will identify its unemployed youths to be engaged in the program but we will thoroughly screen them to ensure that only the deserving ones are selected,’’ he said Related

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