The federal government has announced that it will commence the special job initiative which is designed to employ 774,000 Nigerians nationwide.
The minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, made this known on Sunday, January 3, via his official Twitter handle.
He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the commencement of the initiative designed for artisans.
According to Keyamo, the Special Public Works (SPW) programme to employ 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 local government areas in the country will commence Tuesday, January 5.
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The artisans will be employed to do public works for three months and get paid N20,000 monthly.
The minister went on to note that all state structures of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) are already in top gear for the take-off ceremonies.
Earlier scheduled to kick-off on Thursday, October 1. The initiative was hit by a slight setback as the federal government said the project will not take-off.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment under which the project is being coordinated has forwarded a request to the presidency for the extension of programme’s kick-off date by 19 days.
Meanwhile, days after Buhari failed to appear before the House of Representatives to address lawmakers on issues bordering on insecurity, the nation’s lower legislative body suspended the 774,000 jobs scheme.
The initiative which was coordinated by the ministry of labour and employment had been given the president’s official go-ahead response..
However, during its plenary on Tuesday, December 15, lawmakers agreed that the scheme be immediately put on hold.