Cross River State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Youth Empowerment and Social Support Organisation, to empower 10,000 youths in the state.
Head, Department of International Donor Support in the state, Mr Roy Ndoma-Egba, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Sunday.
Ndoma-Egba, who is also the Special Adviser to Gov. Liyel Imoke on Foreign Aides, said that the gesture was to take the unemployed out of the streets.
According to him, the department was collaborating with relevant government agencies to have a single registration system to capture the data of all potential job-seekers in the state.
“We will have a central data system where we can categorise each applicant on the basis of qualification, need and catchments.
“Some will be placed under the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of the State Government and others will be provided with paid employment.
“We are trying to ensure that every unemployed Cross Riverian fits into the programme. We are targeting about 10,000 youths,” Ndoma-Egba said.
He assured that the selection process for the beneficiaries of the programme, which will involve all unemployed youths in rural and urban areas of the state, would be transparent and that the distribution would also be equitable.