Lafia - The Nasarawa State Government said on Wednesday that it had recruited 120 health extension workers to boost healthcare delivery services in rural areas.
To achieve this, the government presented letters of engagement to the beneficiaries.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Gov. Al-Makura on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Dr Salisu Raj, presented the letters in Lafia.
Raj said the 120 Community Extension Workers (CEW) and Junior Community Health Extension Workers (J-CEW) were selected from six local government areas of Lafia, Doma, Keana, Wamba, Keffi and Karu.
He disclosed that MDGs was executing its 2013 Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) intervention programme with each local government having 20 personnel.
He said the beneficiaries were those who underwent training as well as those engaged in voluntary services at various MDGs clinics in the state.
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The aide said the health workers would be engaged for two years before they were absorbed into the civil service after their engagement period.
Raj noted that the move was a deliberate step by Al-Makura to tackle unemployment and enhance health care services at the grassroots through the MDGs.
"The sum of N84.960 million has been set aside. This money is not going to be tampered with and you will be paid accordingly latest by 26 of every month for the period of the two years that the programme would last," he said.
He explained that the governor was passionate about the project and urged the beneficiaries to justify government effort by delivering on their responsibilities.
"As care givers we expect all of you to be very passionate about your job and to also discharge your responsibilities without fear or favour."
Earlier, the MDGs Desk Officer, Jafar Loko, solicited for more support in implementing the 2014 intervention programme.
Some of the beneficiaries, Onguga Jonah from Keana and Ladi Zakari from Wamba, promised not to fail the government.