President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the Special Public Works Programme which involves the engagement of 774,000 unemployed Nigerians from the 36 states of the country including the federal capital, Abuja.
According to the Minister of state for Labour and Employment Mr. Festus Keyamo, the exercise commences nationwide on Tuesday, January 5th 2021.
The programme is to be implemented in conjunction with all the state structures of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
According to Mr Keyamo, SAN, the project is initiated to mitigate the socio-economic effects of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic on the country.
He said some of the beneficiaries are to service the country’s growing public works demands in areas such as traffic control, drainage desilting and maintenance, and traffic control.
He also said others will be put to productive use in the spheres of great green walls, nurseries and orchard maintenance and irrigation.
According to a tweet on his official twitter handle @Fkeyamo, the minister said, a total of 774,000 Nigerian drawn from the 774 local government areas are to benefit from the programme which comes with the emolument of the sum of N20,000 for three months.
Each local government contributed 1,000 persons to the project which kicked off with some controversies over the project supervision and implementation before President Muhammadu Buhari weighed-in in support of Festus Keyamo as the Minister of State for Labour and Employment.