The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Rivers State has accused the Rivers State Government of lying for saying that it had created 13,000 jobs for the inhabitants of the state.
The ACN was reacting to a report credited to Sir Tony Okocha, Chief of Staff, Rivers State Government House, who while receiving members of Ikwerre Development Association (IDA) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, disclosed that the Rivers State Government has created 13,000 jobs for indigenes and non-indigenes through the various agricultural schemes in the state.
Jerry Needam, the party’s Publicity Secretary, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt said no such jobs exist, except in the imagination of government officials.
If however, government insists it created 13,000 jobs, ACN challenges it to use statistics to prove it by publishing the names of beneficiaries, when they were employed and the various government departments they were absorbed.
According to the party, Rivers University graduates and those that passed out from other educational institutions are still largely unemployed.
If these army of educated people are jobless, who then benefited from the Rivers State 13,000 jobs?, ACN queried.
ACN said the government may have been emboldened to make the statement by the recent teaching vacancies which it advertised and which government officials capitalized upon to extort money from unsuspecting unemployed people.
Up till now, the result of the interview which they attended in their desperate bid to obtain the teaching jobs has not been announced, ACN lamented, and advised the Rivers State Government to stop deceiving the people, of the state who it said are now wise.
Jerry Needam, JP
Publicity Secretary Action Congress of Nigeria
Thursday, September 11, 2012