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FG’s special public works kicks off nationwide

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo today inaugurated special committees in all the states of the federation and the FCT for the selection of applicants for special public works

Disclosing this during a virtual inauguration conference jointly addressed by the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Nasir Ladan Argungu in Abuja, the minister said  that an Inter-Ministerial Committee drawn from eight Ministries and headed by the NDE has  recommended the setting up of States’ Selection Committees to identify and recruit those to be engaged under the programme.

“These committees would also be saddled with the responsibility of identifying the public works to be executed in each of the LGAs in all the states. This would be in addition to projects already identified by several federal ministries, agencies and parastatals in different localities across the country.

According to the NDE boss, local content is necessary in the implementation of the proggramme to balance all the competing interests in different states.

 “The 1,000 persons you will recruit per LGA would be engaged by the federal government between October and December this year to carry out public works that are peculiar to each local government council.

“They would be paid a total of N60,000 each (that is N20,000 per month). They would be engaged in roads rehabilitation and social housing construction, urban and rural sanitation, health extension and other critical services,” he explained.

He further said that the programme could be extended or repeated every year.

He added that they still have to be captured by some selected banks incorporated in the programme and would have their accounts opened, and their BVNs obtained.

He explained the reason to be Mr President’s directive for everyone be paid through their BVNs to eliminate fraud in the programme.

“As a result, I direct that all the states’ Selection Committees have just three weeks to complete the selection process and return the names of those selected to us for further processing with the banks.

“My belief is that if the committees adhere strictly to the guidelines given to them, they are bound to achieve the targets set by the president to reach out to 774,000 Nigerians who are largely indigent and itinerant workers.” he added.

He emphasised that SPW is a post-COVID-19 poverty alleviation programme, approved by the president.

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  1. FRANCIS DICK

    July 15, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    With All These Meaningful And Life Sustaining Display, Can’t The Nigerian Populace Urge The National Assembly To Amend The CONSTITUTION To Enable His Excellency Saint Alhaji Major General Muhammadu Buhari To Rule And Reign For Life. What Do We Need Election For; After All We Don’t His Alternative For Now…!!

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