By Victor Igwe
Some beneficiaries of the youth-must-work programme of the Rochas Okorocha administration in Imo State have expressed disappointment that their appointments have not been regularized in the civil service since they were engaged.
One of them who spoke recently to Christian Voice was of the view that vacancies exist in the service, judging from the number of workers that proceed on retirement periodically without replacement.
The youth who spoke on conditions of anonymity, called for the gainful employment of the youth so that they can contribute their quota to the development of the country.
Another described the programme as cheating because it amounts to under-employment, adding that the pay is not commensurate with the services they render.
According to him, those engaged have been receiving the same amount across the board irrespective of qualification.
He advocated the regularization of the employments as soon as possible to avoid a repeat of the Ohakim 10,000 jobs issue where a new administration seeked the already engaged youths.
Meanwhile, Gov. Okorocha has promised to industrialize the state, if reelected, to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.
Addressing members of the Community Government Council (CGC) at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) Owerri recently, the governor commended the council members for ensuring that government reached the grassroots.
He said that each community would have at least one industry, adding that plans were on ground to involve Organisations in China, Turkey and other countries in the venture.
Dignitaries at the occasion were Prof. Anthony Awukah, SG, Senator Osita Izunaso, Eze (Dr) Sam Ohiri, among others.