- The engagement of 774,000 Nigerians on Special Public Works programme has been approved by President Buhari amid the coronavirus pandemic
- The federal government's decision to hire 774,000 people is part of the measures to cushion the effects of the global pandemic
- According to the minister of finance, 1,000 people are expected from each of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria
Following the coronavirus pandemic threatening Nigeria and the rest of the world, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved not less than 774,000 Nigerians as Special Public Works Programme officials.
According to The Nation, their engagement is part of the measure to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, who disclosed this at a press conference on Monday, April 6, in Abuja, said each of the 774 local government areas in the country is expected to provide 1,000 persons.
The minister went on to note that from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund N60 billion has already been earmarked as allowances and operational costs for the programme.
Ahmed explained that the Nigerian leader had earlier approved that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) implement a pilot special public works programme in eight states.
However, the president has approved for the programme to be extended across the country from October to December 2020.
Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari has approved the appointment of new Medical Directors (MDs) for Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, Cross River state, and Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, Taraba state.
The new MDs, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina on Thursday, April 2, are Dr. Bassey Eyo Edet and Dr. Aisha Shehu Adamu, respectively.
Dr Edet hails from Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River state. He graduated from the University of Calabar in 1998. Dr Aisha Shehu Adamu is a consultant physician gastroenterologist/hepatologist. She hails from Karin-Lamido local government area of Taraba state, and graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 1995.
In a related development, President Buhari has given a directive for the protection of staff salaries, pensions of retirees and statutory transfer in spite the challenge posed by COVID-19 that has affected the economy.
The minister of finance, budget and national planning, disclosed this when she appeared as a guest on Channels Television “Politics Today” programme monitored by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
Ahmed said the president also directed that key infrastructure projects such as major roads, railway line, and power that were critical to growth and development were also protected.
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