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774,000 Jobs Kick Off Tuesday- Keyamo

The minister of state for labor, Festus Keyamo says the Special Public Works Programme for unemployed Nigerians will kick off on Tuesday.

Keyamo who the announcement via Twitter said President Muhammad Buhari has approved the 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,” he said.

“All NDE state structures are already in top gear for the take-off ceremonies.”

According to Keyamo,  the program was earlier scheduled to kick off on October 1 but was postponed due to floods in some of the project sites.

It was later moved to November 1.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the request of the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, to reschedule the commencement date of the Special Public Works Programme from the 1st of October to the 1st of November, 2020,” he had said.

“The approval is based principally on the Minister’s Memo to Mr. President informing him that most of the proposed project sites are still waterlogged and the rains have not abated, whereas the programme is designed for execution during the dry season.

“It is believed that by the 1st of November most of the project sites would be ready for work.”

The beneficiaries of the programme will earn N20,000 monthly for three months.

A total of N52 billion was voted for the programme in the revised 2020 budget.




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