774,000 Jobs: FG Release Full Details of the Special Programme

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The Special Public Works programme (SWP) is a post-COVID-19 poverty alleviation programme, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, under which 1,000 persons are to be employed from each of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

 

Mr Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, on Tuesday, inaugurated special committees in all the states of the Federation and the FCT for the selection of applicants for the programme.

 

According to Keyamo, the initiative is expected to begin on October 1 and each beneficiary will be paid N20,000 monthly to carry out public works.

 

In a virtual inauguration conference jointly addressed by Dr Nasir Ladan Argungu, the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, the Minister said:

“These Committees would be saddled with the responsibility of identifying the public works to be executed in each of the LGAs in all the States. This would be in addition to projects already identified by several Federal Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals in different localities across the country.”

“They would be paid a total of N60,000 each (that is N20,000 per month). They would be engaged in roads rehabilitation and social housing construction, urban and rural sanitation, health extension and other critical services.”

“After the selection of those to be engaged, they still have to be captured by some selected banks we are in talks with, their account opened, and their BVNs obtained. This is because Mr President has directed that everyone must be paid through their BVNs to eliminate fraud in the programme.”

“As a result, I direct that all the States’ Selection Committees have just three weeks to complete the selection process and return the names of those selected to us for further processing with the banks.”

“My belief is that if the committees adhere strictly to the guidelines given to them, they are bound to achieve the targets set by Mr President to reach out to 774,000 Nigerians who are largely indigent and itinerant worker.”

He added that the programme could be extended or repeated every year.

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