Abuja – Mr Anyens Adogu, Bayelsa State Coordinator, State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) project, disclosed that 1,200 youths have been employed over the past one year.
Adogu made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
NAN reports that the SEEFOR project is being funded by the European Union (EU) support of 80million Euro, as well as the World Bank.
The project is implemented in four Niger-Delta States of Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers by the National Planning Commission.
Adogu said that the project had enhanced the opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services in the state.
According to him, the project has also improved the expenditure management in the state.
“We have done well with the support of the government of Bayelsa that has created a good environment for the project to thrive.
“We have generated a lot of employment– over 1,200 youths have been employed under the project in a year.
“Preparations are ongoing to employ more youths in the state,’’ he said.
The Coordinator said that some youths had acquired technical skills under the project in the area of craft development.
Adogu said that the Bayelsa State Government had been faithful to the payment of its counterpart funding in implementing the project.
He said that the benefiting states were expected to pay N150 million per annum for a period of five years.
“The state has contributed so much more than the counterpart funding but the state is working hard to make a budgetary provision for the counterpart funding in 2015.
“We paid N150 million in 2014; you cannot even quantify the funds sometimes because of the zeal of the state in implementing the project,’’ he said. (NAN)