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SURE-P to employ 5,000 Ekiti youths next month

By Lere Olayinka
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5,000 youths from Ekiti State are to be employed under the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P), Chairman of the State Implimentation Committee (SIC), Rt. Hon. Femi Akinyemi has disclosed.

Akinyemi, who made this known in an address he delivered during a meeting yesterday, with Ekiti State Stakeholders on the SURE-P said 3,000 youths will be employed before the end of November while another 2,000 will be employed in December.

He said the SURE-P was a programme specifically designed for the eradication of poverty, upliftment and development in Ekiti State, adding that the State Implementation Committee was prepared to carry out the programme with zeal and vigour.

The Chairman however noted that the programme was not a free wheel programme but a well designed and thoughtful programme, which is part of the transformation agenda of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He expressed confidence that the programme will be successful in Ekiti State, saying; "Looking at caliber of people from both 'divide' that are present in the hall today, I can see the light at the end of tunnel, I can see hope for the hopeless, I can see unity among Ekiti people again, I can see Ekiti State where poverty will soon become a thing of the past because the major ideal of SURE-P is to tackle poverty and rescue our people from its bondage."

He said the Committee has three Senatorial Coordinators, Hon. Dare Olasebikan (North), Hon. Chief [Mrs] Tosin Aluko (Central), and Hon. Kayode Ogunsakin (South) while the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) State coordinator, Dr Mrs Abimbola Oni will serve as the Vice Chairman.

Akinyemi, who gave the working Template of the programme in the State to include the State Implementation Committee (SIC) and State Implementation Unit (SIU), disclosed that; "the SIC is saddled with the selection of community services to be provided to each ward/community and selection of beneficiaries from the list of applicants while SIU will be manned by NDE State Coordinator and the unit will be responsible for the field work i.e Registration/collation of applicants, facilitate & maintain data base of community services scheme."

On the Roles and Responsibilities of the SURE-P, Akinyemi said: "There is Graduate Internship Scheme for our young graduates and to access this scheme you can visit

"There also is going to be recruitment of 3,000 beneficiaries for the month of November 2012 while another 2,000 will be recruited in December 2012.

"The SIU will register as many applicants as possible in each ward/community but the SIC will do the final selection in accordance with the guidelines."

While assuring that the SIC will not allow fractionalization, sentiments and self-interest to prevail on its workings, Akinyemi implored the stakeholders to always feel free to contact any member of the Committee for necessary information on the programme.

He warned that members of the Committee will not be immuned to disciplinary actions, adding that; "if any member of the committee runs foul of the rules and regulations of the SURE-P, he/she should be made to face the consequences."