The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State has constituted a team to monitor the progress of work done by the Federal Governments’ SURE-P beneficiaries in the state.
The state Coordinator of the directorate, Mr Joseph Iroegbu, announced this in Enugu on Monday while monitoring the community service women and youth empowerment scheme beneficiaries.
He said the exercise was to compile the problems encountered by the beneficiaries to proffer solutions and help them discharge their duties effectively.
Iroegbu, who is also the leader of the team, noted that the monitoring was also to familiarise himself with the beneficiaries and to motivate them.
``I am satisfied with what they are doing because we can see that they are cleaning the streets and schools. The environment has become cleaner.
``You can see they are working because the essence of bringing them is for environmental sanitation which they are really doing.’’
The coordinator said the beneficiaries would be paid after the monitoring.
``I am also happy with the physically challenged who are participating in the work. The essence of this monitoring exercise is to know their problems in the field and provide them with the necessary support so that they can work better,’’ he said.
Some of the SURE-P beneficiaries who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) lamented the non-payment of their allowance and insufficient tools to work with.
Mr Philip Okezie, a SURE-P Supervisor in Enugu North Local Government Area, said the delay had hindered and discouraged some of the workers from participating in the exercise.
``All the tools we are using to work, I source them from my house. There is no how we can be carrying out this work without tools.
``We have not also been paid since four months that we started this work,’’ he said.
Another beneficiary in Enugu East Local Government Area, Miss Oluchukwu Chiene, who also complained of inadequate working tools, appealed for the payment of their allowances.
``Since the Federal Government wishes to help the youths and women, they should do it to the end. At the end of the day when you work, you expect to be paid and when you are not, you don’t have the zeal to continue working.
``I am pleading with the government to pay us our stipends as soon as possible,’’ she said.
A physically challenged beneficiary in Enugu South Local Government Area, Mr Uche Ene, said he planned to save some money from his allowance to be able to start a small business.
The monitoring will be conducted in the 17 council areas in the state. The beneficiaries are entitled to N10,000 monthly allowance.