Maiduguri — About 6, 700 Diploma holders recently engaged by the Yobe State Government under the Youth Empowerment Programme, which was designed to address the problem of unemployment, have started collecting their monthly allowance of N15, 000 per person.
The youths were employed last October in what the governor says was a significant step in addressing the problem of idleness among youths, which is seen as potential contributor to the Boko Haram insurgency.
Chairman of the committee set up to coordinate the payment of allowances to the beneficiaries, Alhaji Kati Machina said 6, 751 youth are currently being paid their November allowances.
He said the payment of allowances to the newly recruited diploma holders comes six days after the State Assembly passed a request made by the state government forN8.623 billion to take care of over 10, 000 new employees engaged two months ago.
The state's Head of Service Alhaji Dauda Yahaya said 4, 000 of the beneficiaries will be engaged in teaching at primary schools, adding that the National Teachers Institute (NTI) has been brought in by the state government to train and prepare the beneficiaries for a career in teaching at the primary school level.
The Head of Service also said that 400 others will be deployed in hospitals across the state to assist in general administration. He said he is confident that their services will impact society positively.
He, however, observed that among the 6, 751 diploma holders engaged under the youth empowerment scheme, a few were found to have been already employed by the government. He said a new screening exercise will be conducted to address the problem.