FG may extend 774,000 public works jobs

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, says the Federal Government may extend the Special Public Works (SPW) programme, which will create 774,000 jobs for Nigerians.

He said alternatively, the government may make the job scheme an annual event while retaining the original plan of conceding only 15 per cent of the job slots to governors, National Assembly members, ministers and other interest groups.

“I am confident that the SPW will succeed 100 per cent. We limited the scope to three months for the 774,000 workers because it is an expensive programme and we are facing drop in revenue. There are so many exit strategies that the government is considering. Apart from that, the government may extend the programme or make it an annual event”, Keyamo said.

He faulted claims by the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan, that the job sharing formula will accommodate more concessions, The Nation reported.

“The report on the sharing formula must have been a misapprehension of the instructions I gave to them to implement”

He added, “I did not give any instruction on 40 per cent rise for them to implement. We are sticking to the original formula of 15 per cent concession to political office holders. There may be a few adjustments here and there depending on local circumstances.”

The Minister insisted that the October 1 take-off date for the project is realistic saying “We are working very hard to make the date realistic.” 

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