- Rivers state is no longer interested in the 774,000 jobs initiative by the federal government
- The state pulled out of the scheme on Wednesday, August 12
- According to Governor Wike's aide, the programme has been hijacked by the APC
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The Rivers state government has claimed that the recruitment programme for 774,000 persons initiated by the federal government has been hijacked by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The state government, therefore, announced on Wednesday, August 12, that is has pulled out from the scheme, The Nation reports.
This decision of the state was disclosed by a special adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) matters, Erastus Awortu, in a letter to the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo.
Awortu accused the chairman of the selection committee, Innocent Barikor from the APC, of politicising the process and flouting the federal government's initial guidelines for recruitment.
Part of the letter to Keyamo from the state government read: “From the initial guidelines issued from your office at the commencement of the programme, it was clearly stated how the slots are to be distributed after the deductions for political office holders are done, as copied below.
“After these deductions, in making up the remaining 1,000 numbers from each local government area, every single person in the 20-member list would be allotted a number of skits because of the interest that person represents..."
Claiming that this procedure was violated by the Barikor-led committee, Awortu maintained that the state is no longer interested in the scheme.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Keyamo had given directions to committees tasked with selecting candidates for the 774,000 recruitment in the special public works programme.
Keyamo gave the directive when reacting to reports that committees in some states were considering only indigenes for the 774,000 jobs.
The minister stated that residents in any local government area are qualified for employment under the scheme and not just indigenes.
He called the attention of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) about his observations.
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