Umuahia — ABIA State government has offered jobs to 4,500 youths under its programme on youth empowerment.
Governor Theodore Orji's Chief Press Secretary, Ugochukwu Emezue, who disclosed this, explained that the number was exclusive of another 1,000 youths empowered by the state oil producing community commission, ASOPADEC.
According to Emezue, a good number of the 4,500 youths will be working in the state's environmental agency as change agents to ensure that the state was kept clean.
He explained that they would help in ensuring that the people, especially Aba residents, disposed their refuse properly into designated bins to keep the state clean.
He said the governor in the past few months, had donated more than 20 refuse disposal trucks to ASEAPA, the state environmental sanitation agency, to ensure cleanliness of the state and that more of the trucks were sent to Aba.
He said: "ANESPA is doing well. The only thing is that Aba people, the kind of waste they generate is overwhelming and the irony of it is that rather than putting them in the designated dump sites they throw them into the gutters. We can only appeal to them.
"But the governor is planning to mobilize the 4,500 youths that will be given jobs soon to act as agents of change, and help to check the incessant environmental degradation, especially those who throw refuse into the drainages. They will help in the cleanliness of the state".