President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday launched the Public Works, Women and Youth Empowerment (PW/WYE) project, a component of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE) designed to create 370,000 jobs by the end of the year.
Speaking at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa during the launch of the PW/WYE project, President Jonathan said the job creation scheme will be implemented in an efficient, cost effective and transparent manner, adding that the Project Implementation Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance will drive the programme in conjunction with other relevant ministries.
The project, which is expected to generate 50,000 skilled jobs and 320,000 unskilled job opportunities is to be implemented in partnership with the states, the local governments and the private sector.
Inaugurating SURE Board, Jonathan promised that in this season of doubts over government’s inability to deliver, those selected are tested hands that will take on the challenges to ensure that all projects identified are properly done as well as ensure monies assigned will be quickly deployed.
At this time that youths are easily engaged for negative deeds, this SURE Programme, he said, will engage them positively.
The massive number of youths who leave higher institutions yearly are taken care of.
Jonathan said his administration recognized the youths as a strategic partner in national development and was prepared to address the problem of youth unemployment.
Specifically, the President said the PW/WYE is designed to create immediate employment for women and youths in labour intensive public works.
The President underscored the importance of the project to his government, particularly in addressing unemployment, youth restiveness and violent crimes which he attributed to idleness.
Jonathan said: “This administration view the prevailing high rate of unemployment among our youths with great concern especially with the rising youth militancy, violent crimes and other social vices inimical to the political and economic stability of the nation.
Vice President Namadi Sambo called for the support of every Nigerian towards the successful implementation of the project.
He said that inclusive growth and job creation were among the four pillars of the transformation agenda of the Federal Government and they would work towards achieving them.
Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Ameachi said: “If we are able to employ youths, engage women we will reduce crime and governors are on board to deliver on this programme.