The new Commissioner for Information and state Orientation, Barrister Orji Uchenna Orji, has revealed that the Central Bank of Nigeria is now set to employ all first class graduates of Economics from Ebonyi state.
He made this known to newsmen during a joint briefing on the outcome of Thursday, September 12, State Executive Council Meeting in Abakaliki.
The commissioner pointed out that the opportunity was attracted to the State as a reciprocation of Governor David Umahi’s effective engagement of the apex bank in nurturing economic empowerment of Ebonyi citizens.
Orji revealed that the CBN has also signed an agreement with the State Government for an offer of N2 billion to further boost her economic empowerment programmes for the citizens in all walks of life.
He noted that the approval was given in recognition of the breakthroughs which the Governor has so far recorded in the area of empowerment, starting from his first tenure, adding that the sum, given at 2 per cent interest rate, would be accessed by artisans, traders, Civil Servants and the less privileged, among others.
According to him, the fund would be housed by Zenith Bank Plc, 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.
“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.
“Anybody who has a First Class degree in Economics is now an automatic employee of the prestigious Central Bank of Nigeria.
“This is no small 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, he stated.”