Members of Joint Coalition of Youth Organisations in Enugu State have commended the Federal Government and the National Assembly for the ongoing probe and sanitisation of the oil sector.
Addressing newsmen in Enugu recently, the organisation said the exercise would ensure proper utilisation of the funds accruable from the deregulation policy.
The chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Enugu state chapter, Temple C. Chuka, however, called on government, at all levels to commence without delay mass employment of youths in fulfillment of the promise of President Goodluck Jonathan during his campaign.
The President had during his election campaign and other fora promised to create job opportunities for youths of the country.
The body which is made up of the state leadership of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS),Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Muslim Youth Organisations, among others, said they resolved to make their stand public at the end of the meeting held on January 26,2012.
According to them, “The Enugu State Youths are unequivocally and categorically in support of the full deregulation of the downstream sector. The government at all levels which are captured as beneficiaries to implement the Subsidy Reinvestment And Empowerment (SURE) Programme Document should begin to bring to the front burner clear cut action plans for the utilisation of funds accrued from the fuel subsidy removal in order to restore the confidence of the masses in the new policy”.
Meanwhile, Kebbi State chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) is to share 200 vehicles to its members as part of palliatives toward cushioning the effect of the new petrol price, an official said.
The State Governor, Saidu Dakingari, had promised to provide the vehicles to be sold to members of the union at subsidised rates as part of the government’s efforts to reduce the people’s sufferings.
Alhaji Kiruwa Zuru, the Kebbi State Chairman of NURTW, told The Tide in Birnin Kebbi that the union would ensure equitable sale of the vehicles.
He said a committee that would supervise the sale of the vehicles had been mandated to issue forms to potential beneficiaries and consider the repayment modalities.
Zuru noted that the vehicles would be given to beneficiaries on a loan that would be repaid in two years.
The chairman said the union would ensure that the beneficiaries adhered to the 15 per cent reduction in transport fare within and outside the state.