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3,000 SURE-P beneficiaries begin work in Ekiti in March

By Lere Olayinka
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The first 3,000 beneficiaries of the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme

(SURE-P) Community Services, Youths and Women Employment Scheme in Ekiti State will begin work on March 1, 2013, Chairman of the State Implimentation Committee (SIC), Rt. Hon. Femi Akinyemi has said.

In a release issued today, Akinyemi said 3,000 out of the over 30,000 that obtained, completed and submitted the recruitment forms have been employed.

He disclosed that "data capturing of the beneficiaries is being done by the banks through which they would be receiving their monthly salaries and emoluments and that is expected to be concluded next week."

"The youths will be engaged in community services like clearing of drainages, sewage disposal, filling of pot-holes on township roads, cleaning of markets, palaces, schools and other public places.

Beneficiaries of the scheme are to be paid N10, 000 per month," he said.

Akinyemi, who debunked the insinuation that only members and supporters of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) were recruited, said; "The forms we gave to them did not have any column for political parties and the recruitment was handled by officials of the National Directorate of Employment. Or are they also saying that the NDE is part of the PDP?"

He said those insinuating that the programme was for members of the PDP should desist from dirty politics, which can only deny Ekiti youths the opportunity of benefiting from the well-thought-out programme of the President Goodluck Jonathan led Federal Government.

"By March 1, 2013, the first batch of our recruits, which is 3,000 will begin work and they will receive their first salary at the end of the month.

"Thereafter, we will recruit another 2,000 and we are most likely to do that from among those that were not successful among the over

30,000 applicants that obtained the recruitment forms," he said.