The Minister made the appeal in Abuja.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, has solicited the support of stakeholders for the success of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
The minister made the appeal in Abuja on Saturday at a meeting of the Chairmen of the State Coordination and Implementation Committee of the Community Service Scheme (CSS) of the SURE-P.
Mr. Wogu said that President Goodluck Jonathan had decided to make youth employment the focal point of the human development activities of his administration, calling for citizens’ support for the government’s efforts.
“The CSS is an initiative of the Federal Government, which aims at empowering unskilled and unemployed Nigerian youths, women and people living with disabilities.
“It is also to improve the quality of the socio-economic infrastructure, especially in rural communities, while renewing the confidence and trust of Nigerians in the government’s policies and programmes,’’ he said.
Mr. Wogu said that there would be familiarisation and verification visits to Abia, Bauchi, Delta, Kwara, Oyo, and Sokoto States to get the people’s feelings about the programme.
He said that these states, whose selection was based on factors such as performance and logistics, would represent each of the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The minister said that the CSS members in the states that made up each zone would be expected to participate in the Town Hall Meeting in each of the states that would be visited.
Earlier, Margret Nwordu, the Project Director of CSS, said that the objective of the meeting was to review the implementation status of the scheme.
The participants at the meeting were expected to brainstorm on practical modalities to tackle perceptible challenges facing the programme and strategise on the way forward.
The meeting, chaired by the minister, had all the chairmen of SURE-P from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja in attendance.