774,000 Jobs: The Special Public Works(SPW) Program set to commence


The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, has yesterday announced the commencement date of the 774,000 Special Public Works Program which was earlier scheduled to begin on 1st October, 2020.

Mr Keyamo in a statement disclosed that he has gotten approval from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari, to peg the commencement date on 1st November, 2020.

The Minister noted that the approval was based principally on his memo to the President informing him that most of the proposed project sites were still water logged and the rains have not reduced, while the programme was designed to be executed during the dry season.

“It is believed that by the 1st of November most of the project sites would be ready for work,” Keyamo pointed out.

The Minister furthered that opening of Bank Accounts for selected individuals to be engaged in the program has commenced across the LGAs of the Federation and going as smoothly as expected.

“Capturing of those to be engaged by the selected Banks was progressing seamlessly across the 774 LGAs in the country. Information regarding the banks attached to specific LGAs can be found on the project’s website www.specialpublicworks.gov.ng."

“More information are also available with the various State Selection Committees.” Keyamo added.

The 3 months program in which each successful beneficiary would be paid a monthly stipend of N20,000 is part of the President Mohammadu Buhari's palliative measures to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Those engaged in the program would be involved in mild activities such as clearing of gutters, clearing of market square, traffic control and other minor activities that would be assigned to them as a necessity in each of the States of the Federation.

Post a Comment