Ebonyi has achieved a lot in the provision of infrastructure via the state government’s direct labour initiative, State Commissioner for Project Monitoring/Evaluation Oluchukwu Ezeali, has said.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the commissioner said that Gov. David Umahi of the state had been using the initiative for development of the state since he assumed office.
He said that Umahi met the state in recession shortly after he assumed of office but turned the fortune of the state around through his initiatives.
He also said that the governor had, by employing indigenes and residents in contract execution, rejuvenated the civil service, improved household income, reduced social vices, crime and eliminated bureaucratic bottlenecks, among others.
He explained that through the direct labour policy, many people earned between N2, 000 and N8, 000 daily.
“Many of previously unemployed youths are daily engaged at these project sites; be it road construction, pipe-borne water reticulation, classrooms construction and renovations, among others,’’ he said.
The commissioner further said that the number of youths with skills that cut across jobs in high demand in the state required a separate study to ascertain.
“These skills being freely acquired at different locations across the state are empowering young people to monetise these skills as a means of livelihood.