Zamfara Employs 29, 000 Youths

Alhaji Sunusi Dan-Alhaji, the Director- General of Zamfara State Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on Tuesday announced that 29, 000 youths were employed from across the state by the government as part of efforts to boost its environmental sanitation programme. Speaking in an interview with NAN reporter in Gusau, the DG said the development was aimed at ensuring a clean environment, and that the programme was is in line with the state government’s commitment toward achieving the MDGs goals in the state. According to him, 200 youths were selected from each of the 147 wards across the 14 local government areas of the state to participate in the programme being executed by10 different environmental sanitation consultancy companies under the supervision of the state Environmental Sanitation Agency (ZESA). “The sanitation is carried out twice in a week, where each of the youths receives a monthly stipend of N10,000 and we are seeing improvement in our environment” he said. Dan-Alhaji commended the state government for assisting the MDGs Office in completing its 2013 programmes said: “As part of our success from 2011 to date, we established and renovated over 100 dispensaries and upgraded various primary health centres to General Hospitals. In the areas of water supply, the semi-urban water projects executed in Bungudu and Maradun local government areas of the state have been completed and we are planning to execute more in other local governments.” The DG also noted that the state government also executed various projects worth millions of naira in the areas of education, poverty reduction and women empowerment in order to meet MDGs goals before 2015.

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