The Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government is set to kick off across the country, according to Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Chief Festus Keyamo.
This is coming on the heels of several postponements. The minister said the programme whose goal is to help engage about 774,000 unemployed Nigerians is scheduled to kick-off Tuesday.
Chief Keyamo announced the new take-off date for the programme via his Twitter handle.
According to the minister, the decision to roll out the scheme follows an approval granted by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Keyamo further stated that the institutional structure of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) at the various state levels have been mobilized to start the scheme.
It would be recalled that the scheme was originally scheduled for launch on October 1, last year. However, the take-off did not take place as earlier planned.
Media reports indicated that this was as a result of conflicting positions between the minister and the Director-General of NDE, Alhaji Nasir Ladan.
Under the scheme, each worker is expected to earn N20,000 monthly throughout its three months duration.
Keyamo’s tweet announcing the scheme reads:
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. pic.twitter.com/BZrYaxOQrE
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) January 3, 2021