The Campaign for Democracy (CD) South-East Region has raised alarm over non-presence of the realities of the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) in the South-East, while governors of the zone are keeping mute about it.
“Even as there is worsen unemployment challenge, which the fund should have tackled,’’ CD said in a statement on Thursday in Onitsha, Anambra.
The statement, which was issued to newsman, was jointly signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor and Dr. Jerry Chukwuokolo, who are the Chairman and Secretary of the group respectively.
It would be recalled that the SURE-P initiative, which came after the Federal Government and civil society groups had a strike show-down for a week over partial subsidy removal petroleum product, was meant to cushion the effect of the partial subsidy removal.
“In the South-West, the governors have started engaging the funds released to them through the programme.
“Presently now in Ondo, Osun and Lagos their various government had employed 3,000 youths with the money released for the states.
“But it is very sad that uptill now, South-east governors had not made any move to start the programme and spreading its benefits to her people.
“After allegedly collecting their own share of the money from the Federal Government,’’ it said.
The statement also blamed the high rate of crime, criminality and kidnapping due to the prevailing rate of unemployment and zero human capital development in the zone.
“CD, however, issuing a 14 days ultimatum to South-east governors especially the chairman of the South-East governors over the issue.
“Or else, the human rights group would summon the governors and their chairman to the National Industrial Court for questioning,’’ the statement said.