The exercise is aimed at complementing the efforts of the state government.
Beneficiaries of the SURE-P Women and Youth Empowerment Scheme in Enugu State are to be deployed for environmental beautification and road maintenance.
The Coordinator of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, in the state, Joseph Iroegbu, announced the plan in Enugu on Friday.
He said the exercise, which would include tree and flower planting, road maintenance, and traffic control, was aimed at complementing the efforts of the state government.
“If you look at the aesthetics of Enugu, the governor has done so well and the governor needs assistance from people like us, especially SURE-P. What we are trying to do is to complement government efforts in planting flowers around certain gardens and around certain round about that will bring out the aesthetics of the place.
“We equally are embarking on road maintenance and make sure that road is passable, that is under our road maintenance policy. Congestion in Enugu has become chronic and government alone cannot fight this so we are trying to bring SURE-P to go at strategic points to control traffic and make sure there is flow of traffic in Enugu,” he said.
Mr. Iroegbu said the directorate would train more than 300 physically challenged persons in agricultural skills, fishery, agro-chemicals, snail and irrigation farming. He lamented that the fund posed a major challenge to the directorate toward realising its major thrust of reducing poverty in the state.
The coordinator, however, called on the government at all levels to open and support small industries to employ youths to increase the country’s gross domestic product. He advised youths to collaborate with the directorate on skills acquisition to create jobs for them and improve their standard of living.