The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Kenyamo, has revealed that the Special Public Works Programme, designed to engage 774,000 unemployed Nigerians will kick off nationwide on Tuesday, this week. Kenyamo who made this known via his twitter handle noted that the President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the commencement of the initiative. His words:
“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.”
The programme, designed to employ 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 local government areas in the country was initially scheduled for launch on October 1, last year. Each of the 774,000 workers will earn N20,000 monthly for three months’ duration of the job, amounting to about N46.44 billion.