774,000 Jobs: “Anything for the Youth Without the Youths is Against the Youths”- Lukman Salahudeen
The Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) held their 5th edition of “One Stop Youth Talk” Live streaming programme on Zoom yesterday, 9th July.
Looking out the issues arising from the Federal Government initiative to recruit 774,000 youths across the 744 Local Government Areas in the 36 States of the federation, the NYCC-19 has used this medium to critically x-ray the ‘774,000 Public Works Recruitment’ which the federal government has designed for the Nigerian Youths.
‘774,000 Public Works Recruitment’ is an initiative mapped out by the government to help cushion the effect of covid-19 on the Nigerian youths.
The public works recruitment according to the head of Advisory NYCC-19 ‘Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi’ is targeting 1000 youths from each of the 774 L.G.A. in the 36 States of the federation and a 20-man committee were selected from each state to supervise this project.
The recruitment will be channeled to the maintenance of Road and Public Infrastructures across these 774 L.G.A. this project is a 3-months programme which will commence from October to December, 2020 with ₦20,000 monthly renumeration for this job.
This initiative has generated a lot of concerns in Nigeria and up till now nothing concrete has been concluded on this project. Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi drew the pointer to the ‘Exit plan’ and the ‘Budget’ of this project.
He therefore, suggested that young people should be included in the decision process of any government initiative that concerns the youths.
“A Noble course does not need majority to drive it. NYCC-19 is a global concept. A monitoring and Evaluation Committee will be set up to ensure the concerns of the youth are duely implemented” He added.
Putting into consideration the standard of living of an average Nigerian Youth, he stated that the project shouldn’t be politicized.
Patience Nnedinso, head of Palliatives NYCC-19 suggested that FG should look out for a long-term youth programmes with a sustainability plan.
In her statement, she said; “ 3 months is just too short and the renumeration for the 3 months is still too small (₦20,000)… What happens to the Youths after the 3 months programme?? They will definitely go back to the streets”
The NYCC-19 Imo State coordinator ‘Francisca Ekwonu’ advised FG to invest in Capacity development for the Nigerian Youths that will cut across various economy sectors. “the government should adopt the market system approach which should be a partnership between the public and private sector to employ the youths after each capacity development programme” she stated.
According to Ijeoma Eze ‘Enugu state Coordinator’, speaking from a human resource experience – she said;
“The problem of this Nation is not lack of Jobs but most Nigerian youths including young graduates are unemployable”. Therefore, suggested FG should consider professional trainings for youths that will make them employable and relevant to the economy of the nation.
In the same light, taking critical look at the FG Initiative for the 774,000 Youths, the Head of Assessment and Economic Impact on NYCC-19 ‘Lukman Salahudeen’ commended the government for this initiative and expressing his concerns he said;
“The ₦20,000 renumeration is very insulting and the timeframe is too short… the youths are trying to help build the nation”.
“Anything for the youths without the youths is against the youths” He added.
Doing the calculation of the ₦20,000 monthly payment, it implies that each youth earns about ₦700 daily which cannot cater for an average Nigerian daily expense.
However, he suggested that those youths effected by the Covid-19 pandemic should be Considered first in this Initiative.
Innocent Nduanya, Special Assistant on Youth Mobilization, Anambra state has advised the youths to reject the programme because it is not sustainable. He also suggested that the minimum wage of an average Nigerian ought to be ₦200,000.
“This program is for the L.G.A. not for the youths… the program is already dead on arrival because it has been hijacked even before arrival” He said.
Kim Kardashian wants to give 1000 people $500 each
Kim Kardashian wants to give 1000 people $500 each
Reality television star, Kim Kardashian has announced that she wants to send $500 each to a thousand people in recognition of a tough year caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
Kim, who was bashed last month for posting receipts of $1m she spent on holiday, said the monetary relief she’ll be sending will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis.
She wrote on Twitter;
“Hey guys! 2020 has been hard and many are worried about paying rent or putting food on their table,” the reality star tweeted to her 68 million followers on Monday afternoon. “I want to spread the love by sending $500 to 1000 people.”
She followed with instructions on how to get their tweet noticed and the money paid.
Hey guys! 2020 has been hard and many are worried about paying rent or putting food on their table- I want to spread the love by sending $500 to 1000 people. Send me your $cashtag below with #KKWHoliday 🎄🎁 #partner pic.twitter.com/aHV4COQUvd
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 21, 2020
Arik Airline sacks 300 workers
Arik Airline sacks 300 workers
The management of the airline disclosed this in a statement released today Friday, December 4. The management hinged its decision to sack the workers on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations.
Recall that Nigerian airspace was shut in March this year and opened in July as part of measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus in Nigeria.
The press statement titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”, reads in part
“Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.
“The leadership of the impacted unions has been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”
Gistflash gathered that Passengers are already stranded the airport with the flight fully booked and no one to attend to them
Stranded at Abuja Airport . I just learned #Arik staff embarked on strike without any prior notice to passengers No one has come to address us yet. Other flights are fully booked. @ArikAir. Sigh! pic.twitter.com/LXHQPySTsw
— DRISBLOGINT (@Drisblogint) December 4, 2020
Gov. Sule Orders DPMs, DFS To Proceed on Compulsory 3-Month Suspension over Alleged Fraud of 600m
Gov. Sule Orders DPMs, DFS to Proceed on Compulsory 3-Month Suspension over Alleged Fraud of 600m
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Sunday directed the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) to send all the Directors of Personal Management (DPMs) and Directors of Finance and Supplies (DFS) in the 13 local governments and 18 development areas to go on compulsory suspension for three months.
Sule said the suspension was to monitor the payment of salaries of local government workers by the state auditor general, which was lingering for three months.
The directive was contained in a statement signed by Public Relations Officer in the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ibrahim Adamu Shigafarta, and made available to newsmen in Lafia, the state capital.
Gistflash gathered that the council officials were suspended because they refused to work with directive of the a committee set up by government to investigate the discrepancies and high wage bills incurred by local governments.
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