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SURE-P: FG to employ 17,000 youths for road maintenance

By on May 14, 2013

The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, is to engage the services of 17,000 youth under the Subsidy Re-Investment Empowerment Programme, SURE-P.

The youth, who will be indigenes of the various communities located close to the 17,000 kilometers highway, would ensure the continuous maintenance of Federal roads across the country.

The SURE-P Committee Convener on Public Works, Mrs Ngozi, Olojeme who disclosed this when she led FERMA on an inspection tour of road patches being carried out along Abuja-Keffi road, said that those recruited would work in collaboration with FERMA Engineers.

According to her “4,556 youth have so far been employed out of the 10,000 previously targeted by the agency while we intend to engage the balance of 5,444 before the end of June this year. We will also employ another 17,000 youth. We want to involve indigenes along Federal roads as labourers. Those indigenes will be working on their own roads that affect their lives directly. The labourers should be the indigenes of the localities, while the leaders and heads of the team could come from anywhere as far as they are Nigerians”.

“FERMA is doing a great job, as you can see from our inspection from Abuja down to Nasarawa State, all the road patterns are working; people are working hard to reduce portholes to zero level. What necessitated this outing is that we have to be working everyday to achieve our mandate; our mandate is to make sure Nigerians enjoy good roads and that is what we are out to do. We have been travelling to all the states in Nigeria to make sure these jobs are carried out and the results are achieved”.