………To stimulate economy, create jobs for teeming youths
The Bayelsa State Government says it has created a platform to stimulate its economy, through the provision of Direct Labour jobs that will engage youths of the state.
Governor Seriake Dickson stated this on Friday, while signing the state Direct Labour Bill into law in Government House, Yenagoa.
According to him, the law automatically establishes the state’s Direct Labour Agency, which has the mandate to execute small construction and maintenance jobs.
According to a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo, the agency is expected to mobilize young people with skills to provide direct lpabour at the state and local government levels.
Governor Dickson, who promised to constitute the membership of the board in no distant time, said the agency would be furnished with a list of projects in every ministry to enable them distinguish between the big ticket and direct labour contracts.
His words: “By this law, we have established a government agency that will be responsible for the execution of small construction and maintenance jobs, which will have direct impact on the state economy.”
“First to be targeted are the young people, who can work. They will be mobilized to be part of the construction jobs that are going on in the state.”
Presenting the bill, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson said the bill, which was sent to the assembly on the 19th of September, 2017 was passed on October 12th, 2017.
Rt. Hon. Benson explained that, the Direct Labour Agency Law would reduce the burden of the Ministry of Works, as it would focus on the award and supervision of big projects.
He added that, the bill was given expeditious passage, in view of its capacity to create employment for the people.