Governor Bello Matawalle has launched the Zamfara State Social Intervention Programme, Z-sip, to empower youths in the state.
The governor’s SSA on Media, Zailani Bappa, in a statement on Tuesday disclosed that the scheme kicked off with the employment of about 8,690 qualified youth who had been put on N10,000 monthly stipend.
According to the governor’s aide, local government area coordinators and supervisors of the scheme had also been put on N50,000 monthly salary.
According to the statement, Governor Matawalle ordered the dispatch of all the newly recruited youth to government clinics, orphanage homes and other agencies that are relevant to their qualifications.
Mr Bappa also disclosed that the engaged youth would begin receiving their payments before the end of this week.
The governor’s aide noted that the launching of the program which took place in Gusau, the state Capital was well attended by “a mammoth crowd of Youth”.
Mr Bappa quoted the governor as assuring the youth of his “increased attention to their plight”.
“The Governor noted that youth restiveness and criminality is aided by lack of proper engagement in productive ventures, hence assured that his administration will continue to empower the youth through the newly launched programme.
“He observed that the trend where youth become soft targets as vehicles engaged either in abuse against their leaders in the social media or physical violence in the community is due to lack of what to do.
“Hence, his government will pay more attention to the Youth increasingly to salvage them from the wickedness of bad politicians in the state,” Mr Bappa said.