Over 30000 unskilled youths in Cross River State are said to be scrambling for selection among the 18000 vacancy slots approved for the state by President Buhari’s Special Public Works Programme (SPW) to create stimulus jobs for three months to attract N20,000 monthly.
The State Chairman on the Federal Government Special Intervention job creation, Barr. Maria Ukpanyang who disclosed this in Calabar said that 18000 unskilled youths will be recruited and that enough sensitization has been carried out in all the 18 Local Government Areas of the state including ward and unit levels.
She also said that forms have been distributed free to all Local Government Areas through interest groups, ward level, traditional rulers and that since the programme will commence in October, all completed forms are expected to be returned by 31/08/2020 for processing and eventual return to Abuja for consideration.
Ukpanyang warned that anybody caught selling the forms will be punished by the federal Government and advised that only applicants who were willing and ready to do the assigned public works should take advantage of the three months palliative. “Those selected should not think that they would sit at home and be collecting money, they must work”.
“We have been informed that some of us were selling the forms at N2,000 to applicants and even went further to share the anticipated monthly stipend equally at N10,000 a piece. This office frowns seriously at this and anybody caught will be punished by government, saying that President Buhari has zero tolerance for corruption” she warned.