Chairman, State Implementation Committee (SIC) of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) in Ekiti State, Rt. Hon. Femi Akinyemi has hailed the Federal Government over the prompt payment of the N10,000 monthly stipend to 3,000 beneficiaries of the SURE-P Community Services, Youths and Women Employment Scheme in the State.
Akinyemi, who was speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital today, said he was particularly happy that the beneficiaries were paid on Wednesday, this week so as to enable Muslims among them to enjoy the Eid-el-Fitr.
He said; “As at today, N120 million has entered Ekiti State through the SURE-P Community Services, Youths and Women Employment Scheme, and one can imagine its effects on the economy of the State.”
Speaking further, Akinyemi said; “On Wednesday, our 3,000 beneficiaries received what is now known as ‘Goodluck Alert’ and that was less than three weeks after they received their second and third month allowance through e-payment.”
Each of the 3,000 beneficiaries of the SURE-P Community Services, Youths and Women Employment Scheme is paid N10,000 per month for carrying out the community services like vigilante, clearing of drainages, sewage disposal, filling of pot-holes on township roads, cleaning of markets, palaces, schools and other public places.
“I am appreciative of this kind gesture from President Goodluck Jonathan and the beneficiaries have asked me to thank the president on their behalf.
“I also wish to urged the beneficiaries to continue to reciprocate the good gesture of the President Jonathan-led Federal Government by rendering diligently, the community services on which they are being paid.
“As for critics of the programme, I am sure that those who said it was not real must have swallowed their words by now,” Akinyemi said.