The Coordinator of Enugu Clean Team Project, Rev. Fr. Michael Ogbu, has said that over 1,000 youths were employed by the firm since its inception in Enugu State in 2018.
Briefing reporters on Monday after supervision of the morning sanitation exercise, Rev. Fr. Ogbu, said the Project has remained a source of succour to numerous families in the state as it “engages the services of the youths to keep the streets tidy and package the waste for evacuation.”
The coordinator said, “The project was designed to take care of two needs; to help keep the environment clean in the aspect of road cleaning, desilting of drainages in the state and also a sort of empowerment to the young people of the state.
“The project was designed to take in 1,000 young persons between the ages of 18 and 35 that are under the supervision of 24 supervisors.”
The project since its conception by the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led government, the project had been making an impact in Agbani town, entire Enugu metropolis, Nsukka town and 9th Mile axis of the state, Rev Fr Ogbu said.
Outlining the impacts of the project in the past five years, he explained that aside from making the state clean, the aspect of human capital development cannot be overemphasised.
According to him, “The young people are mainly students, and the project has assisted them in getting money to pay for their tuition fees and taking care of their little needs in school. By my records, we have so many undergraduates, some of whom have graduated already.
“We had about three medical students that came here because they cannot pay their fees, we recruited them and today, they are all graduates and have left the project; same with a law student from University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) that has graduated, too.”
Ogbu said, “the project has zero tolerance for subletting of the job and every morning, the workers are in their respective workplace and to achieve this, proximity is given priority while recruiting the workers.”
Commenting on the relationship of the project with the waste evacuation agency, he said, “based on our job description, our work begins with gathering of the waste, bagging them and ends at keeping them at dumpsters where the evacuation team/agency takes them out.”