BY FIDELIS EGUGBO
DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has said plans are on for massive employment in the country and called for patience on the part of the unemployed youths.
Dr Uduaghan made the disclosure yesterday at the passing out ceremony of the 2011 Batch “B” Corps members deployed to Delta State.
The Governor who spoke through his Deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN) stated, “the jobs may not be readily available but various programmes and policies of the states and federal government are geared towards creating opportunities for employment,” adding, “some of these may have long gestation periods and you have to show clear understanding.”
While noting that unemployment is a global phenomenon and not peculiar to Nigeria, Governor Uduaghan urged unemployed youths, especially members of the NYSC who just finished their compulsory one year service to put into use, self-employment techniques they have learnt, emphasizing that in Delta State, “we have established a micro-credit scheme and other programmes which may be relevant to the youths.”
He congratulated the ex-corps members for their diligence and commitment to the course of nation building and urged them to be aware that the road to success has never been easy anywhere, reiterating, “it is often rough and sometimes, turbulent.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the State Governing Board of the NYSC, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay whose address was read by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Dr Chris Ukpe stated that the knowledge and skills acquired by the corps members have prepared them for future challenges while the State Coordinator of the scheme, Mrs Vivian Omeruo disclosed that 3, 512 corps members were considered worthy to be discharged from the national service in Delta State.
“In line with the policy of the scheme to reward hard work and dedication to duty, three corps members who distinguished themselves in the rendition of their national service in all the cardinal programmes of the NYSC have been selected for state honours,” ten corps members received chairman’s award for their remarkable performance during the service, while nine received commendation for their service from the management of the scheme in the state.