By Hauwa Muhammad Gold
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Muhammadu Sifawa, has said that the state government will recruit 500 unemployed youths for sanitation exercises.
Sifawa said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Monday.
He also said that the state government had purchased sanitation tools and protective wears.
The commissioner said that the government had bought eight vehicles for refuse evacuation and disposal.
According to him, this is to ensure early evacuation of refuse and improve the health of the people.
He said that the government had also procured 30 garbage collection tricycles for waste management in densely populated areas.
The state government, he said, had taken some proactive measures to boost environmental sanitation.
The measures were special refuse evacuation in 17 major drains at a cost of N 4.5million and resuscitation of the monthly sanitation exercise.
The others were introduction of cash prizes of N2.25 million to the winning zones, and certificates to youth clubs and associations in sanitation exercise.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had put Nigeria’s unemployment rate at 12.1 per cent, in the first quarter of 2016.
It said that the statistics which covered between December 2015 and March 2016, saw the population of unemployed Nigerians increase from 518,000 to over 1.45 million.
The NBS said that economically active or working age population increased from 105.02 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 106 million by the end of March 2016.
It also said that the population of people actively looking for work increased from 76.9 million in fourth quarter of 2015 to 78.4 million in the first quarter of 2016.