By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has asserted that the Federal Government’s Special Works Programme (SPW) is not solely for the members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), but for the Nigerian people.
Keyamo, who made this disclosure via series of tweets on his verified handle, slammed allegations that he had instructed that the forms for the SPW be given to APC members at the Ward levels, saying any such list will not be accepted, adding that the final list of those for the programme will be from the States’ Selection Committees.
Festus Keyamo also adviced Nigerians to ignore messages asking them to visit offices of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for registration, saying such a directive would breach COVID-19 regulations and would not ensure the achievement of the targetd 1000 per LGA.
The SPW is a poverty alleviation programme, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of its efforts to mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poor and vulnerable, under which 1,000 individuals would be employed from each of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country. The initiative is expected to commence on October 1 and each beneficiary will be paid N20,000 monthly to carry out public works.