Written by Sarah NEGEDU

100days in office: FCT minister targets 720 new jobs

The FCT Administration is hoping to pull out a least 720 women and youths from joblessness to employers of labour, in the first 100 days in office of the present administration.

Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, said this will be achieved through the creation of 120 skills acquisition jobs for women and youths in each of the six Area Councils of the territory by December 1, 2019.

Aliyu, who stated this during "An Evening with Friends of NTA Channel 5 Abuja", also assured that plans have reached an advanced stage for the provision of 10 boreholes in each of the six Area Councils to address the challenges of water and sanitation among rural communities in the territory.

The minister, who was represented at the occasion by the director of Information and Communications, Mr. Stella Ojeme, acknowledged that the task of running a mega city is enormous, but not insurmountable, also solicited for the support of NTA Channel 5 and other notable media organisations for the realization of Abuja of our dream.

According to Aliyu, “In the past three weeks, I have embarked on tour of facilities in the six  Area Councils to ascertain the level of infrastructural decay in the rural communities with a view to fixing them in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's mandate to complete all abandoned and ongoing projects.

“In all of these inspection tours, I have been able to identify areas of needs and prioritized them for proper execution. To start with, we are carrying out a comprehensive work on our youth centre in Nyanya for skills acquisition of women and youths across the Area Councils.

“It is my pleasure to report to you that by December 1, 2019, as part of activities to mark 100 days in office, we will engage 120 women and youths in different skills in each Area Council of the Territory. Also, plans have been concluded to provide 10 boreholes in each Area Council to address challenges of adequate water supply and sanitation.”

She, however, thanked NTA Channel 5 for the support she has received from the station since her assumption of office by broadcasting the activities and events of the Administration, while looking forward for a more rewarding and fruitful relationship.



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