No fewer than 60,000 applicants from the 25 local government areas of Delta State are presently seeking employment in the 6,000 employment scheme recently initiated by the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to alleviate the unemployment situation in the state.
At a news briefing in Asaba yesterday, the chief press secretary to the governor, Charles Aniagwu, said modalities have been worked out to pick the best among the applicants, adding that as the first of its kind, Dr. Okowa would ensure the success of the scheme.
Noting that the high rate of unemployment across the globe speaks volumes, the chief press secretary, however, assured Deltans of the governor’s commitment to ensuring prosperity for all, warning rumour mongers to desist from such and join hands with the Okowa-led administration to ensure its success.
It was reliably gathered that among the 60,000 applicants, 21 fake certificate holders were uncovered by the screening committee, which showed the level of desperation by the applicants.
But the state commissioner for water resources, Sir Francis Tilije, in his contribution, said the state government was determined to succeed, adding: “We have put in place screening methods; the applicants will write exams, attend oral interview, before we can pick the 6,000 persons needed for the jobs”.
He said that those with fake certificates were sent away, pointing out that the provision of the 6,000 jobs would be a good opportunity for the present administration to showcase her prosperity plans for all Deltans.