By Archibong Jeremiah
The Special Adviser (SA) to the Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade on Job Placement, Mr. Ejemot Jesse has disclosed to CrossRiverWatch that 60% of Cross River youths are not employed.
The SA who recently made the disclosure in an interview with our reporter maintained that the percentage according to the mandate his boss has given him must go down to the minimum as much as possible.
Mr. Jesse went on to reassure that, “I assure you that the next time we have an interview, next year a list of people employed will be shown to you, the statistics will be different and will also be made public through the press”.
After defining his job scope to include ensuring that unemployed Cross Riverians get employed he said, “I need to scout round for job throughout all the sectors, be it private or public in all parts of the world for possible jobs for our people”.
As to his first line of action he said he will visit various stakeholders for contribution as well as a familiarization visit to the Head of Service of the Federation as well as other highly placed Cross Riverians within and outside the country to see what role they can play in curbing unemployment in the State either by white or brown collar job creation.
Also that, “I will engage the organized private sector to see how we can get a fair slice of job opportunities which we will then rationalize for our people evenly and base on merit. We need to know our own quota from the center; those things are there all that is needed is following up”.
After adding that he will develop a calendar of job recruitment and a data bank which will go a long way in keeping Cross Riverians informed, he maintained that though he inherited some challenges from his predecessor but “they are classified official secrets, sure there are challenges and we are tackling them”, he said.
Assuring Cross Riverians that he will leave up to expectations he said, “My office will never be politicized, like I told you earlier in an interview that the time for political sentiment is over but now it’s time to work for the interest of the State which is why members of the opposition are in the governor’s cabinet”.
Concluding, he called on all and sundry to join hands with his office to ensure that jobs are created because according to him, only through job creation can the economy and the generality of Cross River State improve sustainably”.
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