Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has approved the employment of 5000 youths into the State’s Civil Service.
The approval was given on Wednesday during the State Executive Council meeting which was headed by Wike who also made minor cabinet reshuffle at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Commissioner for Employment Generation and Empowerment, Sylvanus Nwankwo said the youths to be employed must not be more than 35 years.
Nwankwo noted that there were existing vacancies in the civil service for engineers, lawyers, medical doctors, technicians and other fields.
Also, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, while briefing the journalists, said the recruitment drive undertaken by the Wike’s administration would cushion the employment gap in the state.
Nsirim also said the council directed civil servants, who were asked to stay back at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, to resume work on November 2nd.
He said: “Civil servants on grade level 1 to 10 who have been at home because of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown are to resume work Monday, November 2nd 2020.”
Nsirim added that the government approved a minor cabinet reshuffle moving the Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs to the Ministry of Works.
The current Commissioner for Works would head the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning, while the commissioner he replaced would move to the Ministry of Transport, according to the Commissioner.
Nsirim noted that the current Commissioner for Transport would be in charge of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs.
He further disclosed that the council resolved that the Rebisi Flyover would be inaugurated on 7th November 2020 by the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola (SAN).