- The federal government said it will be paying N20,000 monthly stipend to about 1,000 youths
- The youths, who will be employed across 774 LGAs, will engage in drainage and canal maintenance
- Festus Keyamo said the beneficiaries will be employed via the Special Public Works scheme
Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Works and Employment, said the federal government will employ 1,000 youths who will be paid a monthly stipend of N20,000 for drainage and canal maintenance.
Keyamo, made this known while addressing the journalists on Friday, May 29, in Abuja in an update to the newly-established Special Public Works programme scheme.
According to the minister, the federal government will employ youths across all the 774 local government areas in the country and pay them N20,000 monthly for three months.
Keyamo, who disclosed that N42.6bn has been allocated for the scheme, further claimed that the programme will commence on October 1, 2020.
He further said that a website will be created where the names of beneficiaries and parties involved will be listed when the programme kick-starts.
Speaking further, Keyamo described the Special Public Works programme as the masses centred and biggest social intervention schemes in a short time.
Earlier, the minister vowed to resign his appointment should the SPW programme targeted at the poor hijacked by the self-interested politicians.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Festus Keyamo has raised concern over the spike in fear of novel coronavirus among Nigerians, saying "the panic and paranoia over the virus have become more deadly and infectious than the virus itself."
The minister, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made this submission through a tweet on the micro-blogging platform Twitter on Wednesday morning, May 13.
Keyamo's fear came barely five hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 145 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total infection figure to 4787.
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