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774,000 jobs: Programme will kick off January 5th – Keyamo

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said the Special Public Works Programme which would engage 774,000 unemployed Nigerians will kick off nationwide on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.

The programme, which is 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, 2020, but was delayed due to the the power play between Keyamo and the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Nasir Ladan, who was sacked last month.

Keyamo, who announced this on Sunday night, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the commencement of the initiative.

“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,” he tweeted.

Also, ministers are expected to launch the scheme in their respective states in collaboration with the governors, PUNCH reported.

The programme is designed to enable each of the 774,000 workers earn N20,000 monthly for three months duration of the job, amounting to about N46.44 billion.

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