- Festus Keyamo has announced that the Special Public Works Programme will now commence in November
- According to the minister, Buhari gave the approval to shift the commencement date
- Meanwhile, Nigerians have expressed dissatisfaction with the programme
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Festus Keyamo, the minister of state, labour and employment, said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the new commencement date for the three months menial jobs programme.
The programme which is targeted at engaging 1000 persons from each of the 774 LGAs in the country was initially billed to commence on October 1.
The minister disclosed on his Twitter page on Tuesday, October 13, that the programme will now begin in November.
"Mr. President has approved the request of @fkeyamo to reschedule the commencement date of the Special Public Works Programme from 1st October to the 1st of November, 2020. The programme is engaging 1000 persons from each of the 774 LGAs in the country for menial jobs for 3 months."
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Meanwhile, the tweet has swiftly got Nigerians on social media talking as some people slammed the federal government for offering such jobs to the people of the country.
Some said the money would have been better used to fix some social amenities like electricity.
Menial jobs! which of your children are doing menial jobs! Y'all shd just focus of fixing power, economy and healthcare & stop decieving yourselves with these graft schemes. It's getting old. This APC visionless gov.t needs to go back to the drawing board n stop compensating.
Emmanuel Ndiokwere wrote:
For a learned man like @fkeyamo 'menial' is a very wrong choice of word because it's derogatory in essence. But for the habitual critics of any policy of government these jobs are to be created to assist people who are in dire needs. The jobs are not meant for skilled persons.
Apostle John.E. Iriakpe wrote:
After 3 months what will now happen to them? U pay them 20k each for 3 months that they can't use to start anything meaningful? Is this recruitment for unknown purpose? We must be careful at this critical time not to make matters worse.
Menial jobs and they making noise all over the places. Eventually, these people salary for 3months will be shared into two, one part for Oga and the other for the boy who will toil from morning till evening everyday other days. This govt was the greatest mistake we all made in 2015.
Stephen Uwafiokun Obakpee:
What will these menial jobs be for the 3 months? May I suggest that you get jobless graduates in sociology, clinical psychology, Psychology, criminology etc, to volunteer to assist in reshaping the police for the 3 months.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the federal government announced date for open applications for artisans and transporters to apply for N30,000 grants to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on low-income Nigerians.
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