Daily Trust (Abuja)

28 December 2012

Nigeria: Kuje Council Empowers 800 Indigenes Through SURE-P

Chairman of Kuje council, Danaldi Etsu Zhin, last Wednesday disclosed that 800 women and youths in the area have been empowered through the SURE-P programme of the federal government.

Zhin, who spoke at a capacity training workshop for beneficiaries of the programme at Kuje, said the FCT empowered 500 youthful indigenes of the council, while the area council complemented the effort by empowering 300.

He said employments offered to the 800 indigenes are not pensionable ones, adding that beneficiaries will only get monthly stipends of between N5,000 and N10,000 in order to alleviate the suffering of people, especially at the grassroots level.

"We have seen that in this country of today, there are people who cannot afford even a penny in a month but if they are paid some stipends monthly, it will no doubt bring some relief to them," he said.

He said beneficiaries will be posted to various fields to work, such as sanitation, school, market place, clinics, among others.

"The appointment letters will be for a one year programme and we want everyone to directly benefit from it," he added.

He said beneficiaries of SURE-P can quit their jobs as soon as they secure another one in order to pave way for others to benefit from the programme.

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