The Ebonyi State government has begun data capturing and registration of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, living in the state.
The State Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Job Creation, Uchenna Orji, said this in Abakaliki.
He said the exercise was going on simultaneously in the 13 local government areas of the state.
He said the initiative by the state government would make the IPOB members economically independent and help in reducing social vices and other forms of criminality currently plaguing the society.
The commissioner, who said that the state government had extended its empowerment schemes to Ebonyi youth in other states of the federation including Sokoto, Kaduna, Anambra and Lagos, added that over 3000 youths had so far been empowered in the State.
According to him, the state government was set to create 12,000 jobs through the empowerment of these youths, including women as they are currently being given N250, 000 each to start up any business of their choice so that they will become economically self-sufficient.
Mr. Orji further added that the reason for the numerous empowerment programmes of the Governor David Umahi-administration was to increase the per capita income of Ebonyi citizens and ensure the boosting of the economic status of the state