Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu
By Victor Efeizomor
As part of its efforts to ensure that Nigerians benefit from the proceeds of the partial removal of the oil subsidy, the Federal government has paid N337,937,650.00 to 18,426 youths from the South-South geopolitical zone of the country, recruited for employment under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Employment (SURE-P) scheme.
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu stated this, yesterday, in Asaba, Delta State, during a sensitisation and appraisal tour of a SURE-P project known as the Community Services, Women and Youth Employment (CSWYE).
Wogu said the money was part of a monthly stipend paid to the employment beneficiaries from the subsidy savings.
He said the South-South states that benefited from the SURE-P recruitment project were Bayelsa, Cross Rivers Edo, Akwa Ibom, River and Delta, adding that 3,000 persons benefited from each state.
He said 426 persons benefited from Delta State under the pilot scheme and that 3000 persons got employed under the first ramp-up phase. In all they were 1,610 males, 1,816 females, while 266 disabled persons also benefitted.
Wogu, who later visited Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in company of his information counterpart, Mr. Labaran Maku, among other top government functionaries, said the visit to Delta was the first step in a series of activities planned for an official working tour of the South-South geopolitical zone.
He pointed out that the recent activities were in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise to use part of the saving from oil subsidy to alleviate the impact the partial oil subsidy removal had on the vulnerable members of the society.