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FG To Pay Jobless Youths N20,000 Monthly To Sweep Markets, Clear Gutters

In a bid to curb the high rate of unemployment in the
country, the Federal Government has rolled out a scheme
which will see unemployed youths in rural areas earning
N20,000 per month, Oniftv reports.
The youths will be engaged in the clearing of drainages,
sweeping markets, road maintenance, traffic control, and
cleaning of public infrastructures like health centres and
schools.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr
Festus Keyamo (SAN), said this at a news conference on
Thursday.
Keyamo said the scheme targeted 1,000 youths each from
the 774 local governments across the country.
The minister said the programme is one of the biggest
social intervention schemes to be carried out within a short
period of time by any government in the history of Nigeria.
Oniftv reports that the scheme, known as the Special
Public Works Programme in the Rural Areas, is domiciled in
the National Directorate of Employment for implementation
and is expected to take off in October.
The minister’s speech read in part, “The pilot programme
earlier approved by Mr. President was designed to mitigate
lack of job opportunities in the rural areas through a short-
term engagement of 1,000 unemployed persons per local
government area for a period of three months.
“It is a dry season/off-season transient job programme and
was originally designed for the rehabilitation/maintenance
of public and social infrastructure. Participants were to be
paid an allowance of N20,000 monthly and were to be
recruited largely from the pool of unskilled persons resident
in those rural areas.
“This pilot scheme was approved to be implemented in five
local government areas in eight states namely: Adamawa,
Borno, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Jigawa, Katsina and Kwara.
Beneficiaries are engaged in: drainage digging and
clearance, irrigation canals clearance, rural feeder road
maintenance, maintenance of the Great Green Wall
nurseries and orchards in Borno, Jigawa and Katsina states;
traffic control, street cleaning, cleaning of public
infrastructure like health centres, schools and the likes. A
total of 40,000 direct transient jobs were expected to be
created in the eight pilot states.”
Keyamo said the Special Public Works in the Rural Areas is
an employment- intensive technique acquired and adapted
by the National Directorate of Employment from one of the
capacity-building collaborations with the International
Labour Organisation in the late 1980s to the middle of the
1990’s.
The minister said for the purpose of transparency and
accountability in the process, the President has approved
the use of select banks to register and collate data of the
beneficiaries.
“The banks will open accounts for all beneficiaries and in
the process obtain Bank Verification Numbers for those
without accounts.
“All payments would be made from the Central Bank of
Nigeria directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries,” he
added.

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