After much delay and politickings, the 774,000 jobs is set to commence Tuesday,
The programme is one of the poverty alleviation scheme of the Federal Government to employ 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774,000 local government areas under the Special Public Works (SPW) programme,
The scheme is designed in such a way that each of the 774,000 workers will earn N20,000 monthly for three months which would gulp about N46.44 billion,
Speaking on the scheme, the supervising Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) said “We are set to roll out the 774,000 jobs nationwide. We have put everything in place for the programme to succeed,” an excited Keyamo told our correspondent yesterday.
He went on: “The transient job programme is a dry season off-farm transient job initiative of the Federal Government aimed at mitigating the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“One thousand persons per Local Government Area (LGA) have been recruited, documented, captured by designated banks and deployed to various locations within the 774 LGAs of the country to provide services critical to the rehabilitation and maintenance of public infrastructure within various communities for three months.
“The programme shall be officially flagged-off by the Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Chairman of the board and Supervising Minister of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN)) while the formal launch of the project implementation shall take place immediately in the thirty six states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by various honourable ministers.”
The minister added: “The recruitment was done seamlessly on merit. We were meticulous all through the processes.
“The Federal Government will pay N20,000 monthly to each of the 774,000 candidates for three months. We have done our best to make sure that a lot of transparency is involved
“Since it is a Federal Government initiative, ministers will flag off the SPW in each state in cooperation with state governors.”
“At the end of the day, the nation will have value for money for all completed and ongoing projects in the country.”