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Ebonyi to employ 1,500 youths



EBONYI State Government has declared its preparedness to employ over 1,500 qualified youths to fill vacant positions in the state’s primary and secondary education boards.
The state chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria and Senior Special Adviser to Governor Umahi on Religion and Welfare Matters, Rev. Father Abraham Nwali, disclosed this during a joint briefing on the outcome of state Executive Council Meeting at the Government House, Abakaliki.
Father Nwali, who is also the Chairman of the state Verification Committee on vacant positions in the state Universal Basic Education Board and Secondary Education Board, explained that the vacant positions emanated from retired, resigned and deceased staff of the boards.
He further disclosed that the committee discovered 571 vacant positions in UBEB and 957 in SEB, all as a result of retirements, resignations and death at the end of the first phase of their work, which report was presented to council during the meeting.
Nwali said, ” Governor David Umahi has directed the committee to advance its work towards identifying the destination of the funds gained from such circumstances to avail the state government of the needed money to cater for the proposed new employees without reasonably bloating the wage bill of the state.
Nwali emphasized that the move by the state government was predicated upon Governor Umahi’s concern for the improvement of the education sector, as well as his commitment to reducing unemployment generally in the state.
“The committee would be interfacing with both the office of the state Accountant-General, the Ministries of Finance, Education and those of the UBEB and SEB to ensure the ultimate success of the directive, adding that the dearth of both tutorials and non – tutorial staff at the two levels of education, have been discovered to impede the growth of the sector”, Nwali said

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