Outrage, disdain and disappointment greeted the launch of the 774,000 jobs in Delta State for unemployed youths as the Federal Goverment distributed cutlasses and wheelbarrows to them amid pomp and ceremony.
The distribution of the work tools has already triggered serious condemnation on the social media after the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN) was seen carrying out the exercise.
Keyamo said the “youth empowerment” was a total package of N60,000 payable to each youth for three months and the cutlasses and wheelbarrow.
He said: “The 774,000 jobs is basically for our everyday labourers to carry out community services.
“It would not be financially prudent if government were to spend billions for expensive equipment for 3-month jobs, then spend millions again training our labourers on how to use these equipment.”
Outraged by the development, some people descended heavily on Keyamo for “empowering” youths with cutlasses and wheelbarrows as jobs for them in the 21st century.
Twitter was awash with damning comments:
“Festus Keyamo left Delta State with plane and returned with wheelbarrow. Dem really swear for this government. pic.twitter.com/SLaF1hN10i”
— Womanist (@EriDaniel2) January 11, 2021
“Festus Keyamo don carry wheelbarrow and cutlasses come warri. On behalf of warri, I dey shame.”
— GàLìLéo(@Lucasscot_101) January 11, 2021
Another said: “Poverty is a tool Nigeria govt have utilized and imposed on Nigerians .
“They push means to mk us stay comfortably in oppression .
That’s the only thing that explains why Festus Keyamo would give out wheelbarrows and cutlasses as employment scheme in 202, haba .”— Dami❁. (@GeeKinqest__) January 11, 2021
On a sarcastic note, Electrified@Tezzzy tweeted: “Festus keyamo did a wonderful thing for his local government so many people are out there in public.
“Offices doing nothing, let’s appreciate him and may his kids and grandkids own one of each of the barrows and cutlass ijn.”