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Obaseki Orders Employment Of 4,200 Youths

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In line with his promise to create at least 200,000 jobs within 4 years,
the Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the
employment of 4, 200 youths across the state under the Edo state public
works programme from July 1st, this year.

In
a statement endorsed by the governor’s Chief of Staff and made available to THE PRECISION, it was also
revealed that Governor Obaseki had directed the engagement and training
of 50 civil engineers to supervise the public works programme, and that
the successful applicants were sourced from the database of unemployed
youths developed by the government for the Edo Jobs initiative.
According
to the Chief of Staff, “The new employed beneficiaries will work across
the state on 45 inner roads selected under this special window. The
governor also promised to engage another set of 4,200 in August 2017
under another window that will see the state government constructing and
maintaining another set of 55 roads, culminating in almost 100
kilometres across the state.”
He
further enjoined the workers to be dedicated for the period of their
engagement with the state government, as it would eventually amount to
experience gathering and capacity building.
Meanwhile,
to complement jobs originating from road construction, the state
government also finalised arrangements to train young electrical and
electronic engineers under a special arrangement with Benin Electricity
Distribution Company (BEDC).
The
programme, it emerged, would build the capacity of young men and women
on the practical side of electrical engineering in line with the
‘Electrify Edo project’, which kicked off with the signing of a power
purchase agreement between the government and, at different times,
Siemens AG and Ossiomo Power limited, few months ago.

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