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Published On: Thu, Feb 28th, 2013

Bayelsa’s Unemployed Graduates Give Dickson 30-Day Ultimatum …..Demand for 70,000 jobs

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriaki Dickson

A 30-day ultimatum has been issued to the Bayelsa state government to create 70,000 jobs for unemployed youths in the state or face a massive Occupy Bayelsa protest across the state by an army of unemployed youths.
This ultimatum was given by unemployed youths in the state under the aegis of Unemployed Graduates Forum.
The group is calling on the state government to create 20,000 jobs for graduates and 50,000 jobs for skilled and unskilled labour with incentives to stimulate employment generation.

While stressing that its members came out en masse to vote for Governor Seriake Dickson in the last governorship election to restore the hope of the people, the group called on Governor Seriake Dickson to come to their aid as they struggled daily with economic hardship, emotional and psychological anguish.
Acting State Coordinator of the group, Mr. Binaebi Oyeghe, in a statement said: “We are not fortunate to live in a society that operates a welfare state where unemployed persons are assured of social security and receive a token unemployment benefit from government.”
The statement further condemned the placing of embargo on employment by the state, describing same as a retrogressive policy.
“The blatant refusal of government to create opportunities for the large army of unemployed persons is a gross violation of our human rights as enshrined in Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as we have the right to work, and choice of employment,” he said.

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