World Bank to Provide Jobs for 2,000 Youths

The global population of young people (ages 15-34 years old) is large and growing, with greatest growth in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by South Asia. Young people’s employment opportunities have welfare and growth consequences for their future. They are at higher risk of unemployment,underemployment, or working in jobs with low earnings. Unemployed youth do not get a chance to build professional skills. Addressing youth employment issues is a major concern for governments, and is all the more challenging where stable economic policies are not in place and institutions are weak.

World Bank – Mr. Benson Ojoko, the Coordinator, World Bank’s State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) in Delta, said the project would employ 2,000 youths in the state.

The coordinator said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Asaba that the youths would be engaged in refuse disposal techniques in different parts of the state.

Ojoko, nonetheless, stressed that the project was being executed in conjunction with the state government.He said the local government areas in the state were grouped into 160 zones, consisting of 800 households each.

According to him, 320 graduates of tertiary institutions would also be engaged to supervise the youths.”He said the youths would be deployed to work in Oshimili South, Uvwie, Udu, Sapele and Warri South local government areas”.

Ojoko said the beneficiaries would be engaged for 12 months while SEEFOR project would continue for five years. Besides the current programme, he said SEEFOR had earlier engaged 2,000 youths in the state, who would soon be enrolled in skill acquisition centres. He said the project was aimed at creating jobs for the youth and making them employers of labour. (NAN).

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