Thousands of unemployed youths in Ebonyi State on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 stormed the office of the Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Job Creation seeking jobs as promised by the state government during campaign.
It was gathered that over 6,000 youths from 13 local government areas of the state, have so far collected forms issued freely by the state government for an empowerment scheme.
The Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and job creation, Sabinus Nwankwegu, disclosed to Vanguard that the government had earmarked N600 million to be given to 2,400 youths to start businesses.
Nwankwegu refuted as baseless and untrue, rumours that the names of people to be empowered had already been compiled, adding that the state governor, David Umahi had strictly ordered him to give all applicants equal playing field.
According to him, over 5,000 persons had applied within the first six days of the exercise and in order to avoid stampede, the ministry decided to group the exercise into zones.
He stated that six persons would be selected from each ward, bearing in mind the issue of gender equality, stressing that applicants would be screened and those qualified selected without favouritism.
He explained that those selected would be given N250,000 to start their preferred business, but would sign Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with the state government.
He added that government would supervise the beneficiaries to ensure judicious utilization of the fund and those who performed well after one year would be given additional money to add in their business, stating that “the governor’s intention is to raise millionaires”.
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