Port Harcourt — IMPLEMENTATION of the Community Service, Women and Youth Empowerment Scheme, CSWYE, under the Federal Government's Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, has been flagged off in Rivers State.
Chairman of the state Implementation Committee, Chief Oris Onyiri, who unveiled the scheme at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Onelga, yesterday, said: "The initiative is among schemes promised last year by President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure utilisation of savings from the partial removal of fuel subsidy to provide jobs and community development in the grassroots."
Addressing Onelga community leaders and teeming applicants at the council secretariat, Onyiri, said: "The recruitment exercise is to engage 3,000 women and 130 youths per local government area in the first phase and 200 in the second phase to carry out certain community services. Each beneficiary is to receive N10,000 monthly to cushion the impact of unemployment in the rural areas."
At the flag-off interactions at Onelga, Onyiri queried the exclusion of some communities, including Ndoni, in the first phase clustering of applicants by field officers of the supervising National Directorate of Employment, NDE, insisting that necessary adjustments will be made to ensure that all communal zones were carried along before beneficiaries start work.