Olubadan, SURE-P beneficiaries assure FG of support
By Soji-Eze Fagbemi
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade as well as the beneficiaries of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), have assured the Federal Government of their support for all policies and programmes of government targetted at providing jobs and alleviating poverty among Nigerians. Specifically, they declared their support for SURE-P, particularly the Community Service, Women and Youth Employment (CSWYE) project aspect of SURE-P, domiciled in the Ministry of Labour which is aimed at empowering the vulnerable in the society.
The assurance was given during a working tour of the state by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, who was in the state at the weekend to sensitize traditional rulers, beneficiaries and the public on the many benefits of the CSWYE project in the South-West.
Speaking on behalf of the Olubadan-in-Council, the Asipa Balogun, Chief Olufemi Olaifa, said the minister was welcomed to the state for many reasons, adding that the best reason was the fact that he was bringing the good news that the SURE-P project is benefitting the unemployed and those in need.
He said: “Kabiyesi is very glad. He always cooperates with government agencies beause he has also served the people, the Ibadan people very diligently and is still serving them. So, when we see a government that is about the people who are poor, a government that cares about the education of the people, that believes in eradicating poverty and creating jobs, such government deserves our support.
“The present government deserves our support. On behalf of Kabiyesi, we assure you, we will support this government.”
On his part, the governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, asked the Federal Government to collaborate with the state in the implementation of the programme and called for effective synergy between the two.
He said this when the minister paid him a coutesy visit. According to him, government at the state and federal levels should work together irrespective of political party affiliation to better the life of people and do more to reduce the high rate of unemployment.
To him, the number of those who have benefitted from the programme per state is very small, considering the high level of unemployment and poverty in the country, adding that they should join hands to do far more than that.
Also speaking at the Town Hall meeting with stakeholders and beneficiaries, Mr Tunde Lawal, who represented the core beneficiaries, thanked President Goodluck Jonathan and commended the minister for taking them out of poverty and unemployment and making them people who can cater for their families.