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Former IPAC chair faults Ayade’s proposed 8,000 Jobs

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Plans by Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade to employ 8,000 youths during the current economic hardship arising from Coronavirus pandemic has come under criticism.

Ayade, last week, announced that his administration would, in the next one week, employ 8,000 youths between the ages of 18 and 35. Ayade said they would earn N30,000 monthly to work in every available sector of the economy.  

But a social critic and immediate past state Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Mr. Goddie Akpama said: “There is nothing to celebrate. We have heard such stories from him, which never came to pass …”

He said fears were high that the state government’s effort might be a strategy to hijack the Federal Government’s plans to employ 774,000 persons nationwide with each per local council.

Akpama said: “Has the state government paid political appointees any salary for months? Where will he get N240m to pay the 8,000 workers monthly, when he is always complaining that the state is broke and needs financial support from the Federal Government? The last has not been heard of the latest 8,000 job misadventure.”

The Governor’s Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, said the programme was on course, and registration would be done through the village heads and local councils, with paramount rulers’ endorsement.

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