Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has set up a task force that will mobilize Sokoto’s unemployed graduates and other qualified individuals to ensure full participation of the state in Federal Government social intervention programmes.
A statement issued in Sokoto Wednesday by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said the task force is expected to develop strategies on how the state will participate and benefit from the various employment plans introduced by the FG.
Among such schemes include the 500,000 teachers to be recruited into the civil service, the 100,000 extension workers to be employed to boost the agricultural sector in the country, among others.
The high-powered task force is headed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Bashir Garba, while Alhaji Lawal Zagi Kebbe will serve as the Secretary.
Other members include the state commissioners of Justice, Usman Sulaiman; Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Bala Kokani; Finance, Saidu Umar; Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale and Women Affairs, Hajiya Kulu Sifawa.
Also to serve in the task force are commissioners of Agriculture, Umar Nagwari; Basic and Secondary Education, Jabbi Kilgori; Information, Jeli Abdulqadir Abubakar, Local Government and Community Development; Mannir Dan Iya and Environment Alhaji Bello Sifawa.
The rest include Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Farouk Shehu, representative of the state office of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), businessman Alhaji Buhari Dasuki, Malam Nasir Daniya, Mr. Fabian Okoye and Alhaji Bashir Gidado.
The statement said considering the fact that closing date for many of the FG programmes is approaching, the task force should immediately get to work to ensure no qualified and interested Sokoto indigene is left out of the noble idea.