- There is a possibility that the federal government may extend the deadline for registration in the 774,000 scheme
- The consideration was made by the ministry of labour and employment
- The government disclosed that the programme would commence on October 1
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The federal government is considering extending the deadline for the submission of the final list of beneficiaries for the 774,000 recruitment Special Public Works (SPW) programme.
The minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo said the deadline may be extended for a few days to allow states finalise their lists, The Nation reported.
He explained that the consideration for extension was discussed at a board meeting of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) which he chaired.
"...We looked at the situation and said in deserving cases we may extend for a few days, for some states that have not submitted their final lists."
He noted that the October 1 commencement of the programme is on course. According to the minister:
"We are still looking at October 1 to begin nationwide. There are one or two internal issues in terms of logistics we are dealing with, but we will overcome that.
“We are lining those who will go to their different states and regions to flag off for us. That will be made known in the next few days.”
Meanwhile, the federal government has disclosed that successful applicants recruited in the 774, 000 jobs scheme would be paid through their bank accounts using their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).
The minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo made the statement at a press briefing on Thursday, September 3.
He said that the biometrics of successful applicants would be captured by the banks during the process. He said the payment system is transparent.
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