First class graduates of Crescent University may not have to worry about unemployment as the Ogun state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has promised them automatic placement in the state civil service.
This was the commitment made by the Governor during the 8th graduation ceremony of the private institution in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The Proprietor of the institution, Mr Bola Ajibola, affirmed that the institution is producing excellent students in terms of both academics and morals.
At the occasion, some eminent Nigerians were equally awarded with honourary degrees for their contribution to human development.
Among them was former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Mohmoh, who was awarded an honourary doctorate degree in Mass Communication.
Other prominent Nigerians present at the occasion were the former Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Sonekan, Traditional Ruler Of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Former Governor of Ogun state, Chief Olusegun Osoba among others.
The event also witnessed the induction of a new chancellor, the traditional ruler of Oyo state, who has promised to take the school to greater heights.
Kaduna State government has paid the retirement benefits worth over N840 Million Naira to 309 retired civil servants; who have served the state meritoriously.
While speaking during the presentation of cheques to the pensioners, Governor Yero noted that, despite the dwindling revenue accruing to Kaduna, the state government has expended over N2 billion for the payment of gratuities of civil servants who retired between January to July, 2014.
The governor also disclosed that his administration has paid a total of N4.7 billion as backlog of retirement benefits for the state civil servants dating back to seven years, and also cleared the backlog of gratuities and death benefits of retirees and deceased staff in the service.
It was a moment of joy for this senior citizens as they filed out to receive their cheques from the governor, most of whom just retired from service last year.
The beneficiaries are batches 5, 6 and 7 of pensioners who were captured in the months of May, June and July, 2014. They filed out to receive the cheques from the state governor in the admiration of their relations and colleagues.
While pledging the commitment of the State government towards ensuring prompt payment of pensions and other retirement benefits, Governor Yero said his administration remained committed to settling all pension liabilities as part of efforts to raise the production capacity of the civil service.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the state government for the payment of their pension and gratuities, and also promised to reciprocate the gesture by voting massively for the governor, who is seeking a re-election for another four year term.
It is expected that the wealth of experience that this pensioners have acquired over the years in service will be an added advantage in terms of initiating viable ventures with the money.
As part of efforts to create employment for the youths and reduce crime in the society, the Kaduna State Government has concluded plans to recruit 2000 graduates from across the 23 Local Government Areas into the State Civil Service under the Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Committee on SURE-P, Mr Nuhu Bajoga, who disclosed this at a news conference on Friday, said that the graduates would be sent to various ministries within the state to work for a year and would be paid N10, 000 monthly in addition to the Federal Government N30, 000 stipends.
The Deputy Governor assured that at the end of their intensive training, none of the graduates would be sent back to labour market, as all would be employed.
He said that the need to recruit more graduates emanated because there were civil servants that have reached retirement age while some others have died, hence the need for more hands to be employed in the State Civil Service.
On the mechanism to check the performance of the SURE-P beneficiaries, Bajoga said that the State Government had provided appropriate measures to monitor those that were given starter packs recently in the state.