By David Olalekan.
The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Uchenna Orji has announced that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has offered automatic employment to all first-class graduates of economics from the state.
The commissioner made this known on Thursday in Abakiliki, the state capital, shortly after the State Executive Council Meeting.
He noted that the CBN’s offer was as a result of the way the Governor had engaged the apex bank towards empowering the people of Ebonyi.
Orji added that the state government also signed a pact with the CBN for an offer of N2 billion, which he explained would attract 2 percent interest rate and would be offered to artisans, traders, civil servants and the less privileged in the state.
He said, “The fund would be housed by Zenith Bank, which would ensure that it was disbursed in line with the terms of the agreement, while the Ministry of Human Capital Development was to liaise with the Department of Small and Medium Enterprises to ensure effective implementation.
“Also, because of the way the Governor engaged the CBN, the CBN graciously approved to absorb all First-Class indigenes of Ebonyi State origin in Economics to work with the bank.
“So anybody who has a first class degree in Economics is now an automatic employee of the prestigious Central Bank of Nigeria.”
He stated that the gesture by the CBN would encourage Ebonyi students to work harder in order to leverage on the opportunity.
“This is no mean feat and it should be appreciated by all and sundry and it is also an encouragement to our students so that they can work harder to have this kind of opportunity”, the commissioner said.