No fewer than 4,000 persons in Borno have been recruited into community-based development activities under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) in 2013.
Malam Wakil Kalanga, the state SURE-P Coordinator, Malam Wakil Kalanga, stated this in an interview with journalists in Maiduguri on Tuesday.
His also said that the participants were being empowered under the Community Services, Women and Youths Employment (CSWYE), project of the SURE-P.
Kalanga said the beneficiaries drawn from the 27 local governments of the state, including youths, women and the vulnerable groups selected by the community leaders in their various localities.
He said the beneficiaries had been exposed to community-based services like environmental sanitation and beautification, facilities maintenance, community security, as well as many other socio-economic service needs of their communities with a view to improve their living standard.
Other services provided by the beneficiaries included teaching, in primary and secondary schools, while some of them were exposed to different skills acquisition like carpentry, painting, plumbing, and inter-locks making, amongst others.
“Some of them were also engaged in planting of trees, maintaining of green parks and planting of trees,” he said.
He added that N 10, 000 was given to each of the beneficiaries as monthly stipend for complete five-hour work period per day which is disbursed to them through their individual bank accounts.
According to him, the aim of the project is to make significant impact in the quality of socio-economic environment in rural communities where the beneficiaries reside due to the services they delivered.
Blueprint recalls that the scheme was designed to provide temporary employment opportunities in community services for up to 185, 000 unemployed and unskilled women and youths.