CLO threatens to sue Wike over failure to create promised 5,000 jobs

Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike

Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

A non-governmental organisation, Civil Liberties Organization has threatened to sue Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers Government to for not fulfilling his promise to create the 5,000 civil service jobs for people of the state as he promised in 2019.

Chairman of Rivers chapter of CLO, Clifford Solomon said this while expressing concern about the frustrations being faced by thousands of the unemployed youths in Rivers State.

He alleged that the Wike led Rivers government has dashed the hopes of youths who had anticipated that they would get employment into the State Civil Service to fill vacancies occasioned by regular retirements of aged workers and deaths.

The CLO said disclosed it’s disappointed at a news conference in Port Harcourt.

Rivers Executive Council had in October 2020 approved the employment of 5000 youths into the state civil service.

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Thousands of Rivers indigenes and non-indigenes submitted applications by December. The state Government had asked the applicants to be patient that their applications were being sorted out.

Our Correspondent reports that though applications were submitted, there has not been response from the Rivers State Government and the prospective applications have not been called for interviews and nobody has been employed.

The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, NBS, Rivers State ranks number one its unemployment index having the highest unemployed population.

According to NBS statistics for 2nd quarter (Q2) of 2020, Rivers State has a total number of 1.7 million (1,714,188) unemployed people.

This makes the state with the highest number of unemployed people in Nigeria.

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