Abuja - The Edo State Government has embarked on early morning cleaning exercise to mark the official flag-off of the Edo Small Public Works (SEEFOR), an activity geared towards a cleaner and more sanitized state.
The Project Coordinator of the World Bank assisted SEEFOR project, Taiye Akerele, said the state was among the first to benefit from the World Bank project.
He said the exercise was being done to create employment for 9 000 individuals but a batch of 530 was initially being employed to commence the exercise.
It is envisaged that more employment opportunities would be created within the year.
According to Arekele: “The State Government has done a lot in the employment of youths through the Youth Employment Scheme, Rapid Response Agency and the ICT. However, this is a scaling up on the part of the World Bank and the National Planning Commission.”
The State Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities, Clement Aga, said that the programme was laudable as it would help clean the drains and help control erosion as there are more persons trained for such purposes.
He added that the people being employed would help deal with works around the dump sites, help in the beautification and greening of the state as well as in the maintenance of public street lights.
General Manager of Edo State Waste Management Board, Gilliam Ochugbe, said that the exercise would employ more people and improve the sanitary conditions of the state.
Others present at the early morning exercise to participate in the flag-off were Managing Director, Rapid Response Agency (RRA), Alhaji Mujahideen Dakko, the Executive Secretary of RRA.
Officials from the World Bank and representatives from the National Planning Commission also attended.
– CAJ News