774,000 SPW Job: Special Public Works Program commences as scheduled

The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo has stated that the 774,000 Special Public Works Program would commence on Tuesday, 5th January, 2021 as earlier scheduled.

Disclosing the recent development, Sunday, through his official handle https://mobile.twitter.com/fkeyamo, Mr Keyamo noted that President Mohammadu Buhari has approved the take off of the Program on 5th January adding that all NDE State structures are currently geared towards the take-off ceremonies for the Program taking place the stated date.

"President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take off of the Special Public Works Programme (engaging 774,000 unemployed itinerant Nigerians) to begin nationwide on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021. All NDE state structures are already in top gear for the take-off ceremonies," Mr Keyamo stated in a tweet.

The commencement of the Program had run into multiple hiccups including several interference from the National Assembly particularly the House of Representatives. 

The House of Representatives had on Tuesday 15th December, 2021 ordered the suspension of the 774,000 special works programme.

The report contained in Daily Trust https://dailytrust.com/breaking-reps-stop-take-off-of-774000-jobs stated that the House while adopting a motion of urgent Public importance sponsored by Hon. Olajide Olatubonsun, condemned the sack of the Director General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mohammed Ladan Argungu, and advised that he be reinstated immediately.

It added that the House of Representatives also asked the Ministry of Finance not to release the funds meant for the programme until some issues that affects the integrity of the programme are sorted out.

A report contained in the Nation https://thenationonlineng.net/774-000-jobs-get-jan-5-date had however disclosed that the Director General of the Nigeria Directorate of employement, Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu was sacked after it was found that he resorted to a National  Assembly Puppet used to get back at Mr Keyamo who had differed with the National Assembly over certain decisions on the Special Public Works Program.

Following the sack of Laden as announced by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Mr Keyamo was directed by the President to sort for an immediate replacement resulting in the appointment of Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE.

The Special Public Works Program is a 3 month program in which each of the beneficiary would be paid a monthly stipend of N20,000 for doing  mild activities such as clearing of gutters, clearing of market square, road maintenance,  traffic control and other minor activities that would be assigned to them as a necessity in each of the States of the Federation

The program which has engaged 774,000 Nigerians across the Federation is part of the President Mohammadu Buhari's palliative measures to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable Nigerians.

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