|Dr. Christopher Kolade; SURE-P Chief|
Report By: Campaign For Democracy South-East Region Publicity Arm
The Campaign for Democracy (CD) South-East Region has raised concern over non-presence of the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) in the South-Eastern Nigeria.
``There is a worsening unemployment challenge, which the fund should have tackled" The statement, jointly signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor and Dr. Jerry Chukwuokolo, Chairman and Secretary of the group respectively, said.
It would be recalled that the SURE-P initiative, which came after the Federal Government and Civil Society groups had a show-down for a week in January 2012 over partial removal of subsidy on petroleum products, was meant to cushion the effect of the removal.
``In the South-West, the governors have started utilizing the funds released to them through the programme”.
``Presently in Ondo, Osun and Lagos States, their various governments had employed 3,000 youths with the monies released”.
``It is very sad that up till now, South-East governors have not made any move to start the programme and spread its benefits to her people, after allegedly collecting their own share of the money from the Federal Government,’’ The statement further said.
The statement also blamed the high rate of crime, criminality and kidnapping due to the prevailing rate of unemployment and zero human capital development in the zone.
CD has also issued a 14-day-ultimatum to South-East governors on the issue.
The Civil Liberties group said that it would summon the governors to the National Industrial Court if the ultimatum is unheeded.