The Federal Government's Special Public Works Program began across the country.
The Minister of State for Labor and Employment, Festus Keyamo, inaugurated special commissions in all states of the Federation and FCT on Tuesday to select candidates for the program.
In a virtual inauguration conference chaired jointly by the director general of the National Employment Directorate, Dr. Nasir Ladan Argungu, in Abuja, the Minister revealed that an Interministerial Committee formed by eight Ministries and led by the NDE recommended the creation of Selection Committees to identify and recruit those involved in the Program.
“These committees would also be responsible for identifying the public works to be carried out in each of the LGAs in all states. This would be in addition to projects already identified by various ministries, agencies and federal parastatals in different locations in the country.
“Having accepted the recommendations, we also ensure that the composition of the committees is multisectoral and local enough to balance all competing interests in different states. Their selection, therefore, was the result of a thorough process that we carried out to ensure that the exercise is as credible as possible ”, said the minister.
“The 1,000 people you will recruit for LGA will be hired by the federal government between October and December this year to carry out public works that are peculiar to each area of the local government.
“They would receive a total of N60,000 each (that is, N20,000 per month). They would be involved in the rehabilitation of roads and construction of social housing, urban and rural sanitation, extension of health and other critical services ”, he explained.
He further said that the program could be extended or repeated every year.
“After selecting those involved, they still need to be captured by some selected banks with whom we are talking, with an open account and the obtained BVNs. This is because Mr. President determined that everyone should be paid through their BVNs to eliminate fraud in the program.
"As a result, I declare that all state selection committees have only three weeks to complete the selection process and return the names of those selected to us for further processing at the banks.
"My opinion is that if the committees adhere strictly to the guidelines they have been given, they should achieve the goals set by the president to reach 774,000 Nigerians who are largely destitute and itinerant workers." he added.
SPW is a post-COVID-19 poverty alleviation program, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.