- The federal government is set to employ 774,000 Nigerians for a period of 3 months
- The programme is designed to employ 1,000 mostly unskilled persons in each of the country’s 774 local government areas
- A committee to ensure the programme works out has been inaugurated by the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo
The federal government on Wednesday, April 29 inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee on extended special public works across the 774 local government areas of the federation to employ 774,000 Nigerians for a period of 3 months.
The committee inaugurated by the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo is expected to work out strategies for the implementation of the programme.
Legit.ng gathered that the programme is designed to employ 1,000 mostly unskilled persons in each of the country’s 774 local government areas.
Speaking at the event, Keyamo said President Muhammadu Buhari had in October 2019 approved a pilot special public works programme, for implementation by the National Directorate for Employment (NDE) in five local government areas each of eight pilot states.
He added that the programme, a federal government job creation drive, was designed to “mitigate lack of job opportunity in the rural area,” with a payment of N20,000 monthly allowance to the beneficiaries.
The minister described the programme as “a dry/off-season transient job programme targeting the rehabilitation/maintenance of public and social infrastructure with the participants largely drawn from the pool of unskilled rural persons.”
According to him, following the success of the pilot programme, which was carried out between February and April 2020, the federal government went ahead to leverage on its gain and extended it to all parts of the country.
He noted that the approval by the president for the extension of the programme, and the subsequent rise in its magnitude, necessitated the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee, for effective planning and proper implementation.
Meanwhile, the presidency has ordered that the large number of food trucks that are being delayed at various checkpoints around the country be allowed passage.
Various curfews and lockdown in different states have affected delivery trucks passage compelling the presidential directive.
A statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu on Tuesday, April 28, stated that the restrictions of movement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic do not apply to vehicles transporting essential commodities, such as food.
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