The Rivers State Executive Council has approved the employment of 5,000 youths into the state civil service to fill vacant positions.
A statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the approval was given during a meeting of the council on Wednesday presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
It quoted the Commissioner for Employment Generation and Empowerment, Mr Sylvanus Nwankwo, as saying the youths must not be more than 35 years.
The statement also said the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, pointed out that the recruitment drive undertaken by the Wike administration would cushion the employment gap in the state.
It also said civil servants that were asked to stay back at home during the COVID-19 pandemic were to resume work on November 2, 2020.
“Civil servants on grade levels one to 10 who have been at home because of COVID-19 pandemic are to resume work on November 2, 2020. Similarly, bars that have been closed down are to open, while night clubs will remain closed,” the statement said.
The council also approved a minor cabinet reshuffle which saw the Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs taking charge of the Ministry of Works, while the Commissioner for Works would move to the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning, whose commissioner was moving to Ministry of Transport. The Commissioner for Transport would be in charge of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs. The Information Commissioner also said the council decided that the Rebisi Flyover would be inaugurated on November 7 by the Minister of Work, Babatunde Fashola.