Minister Reveals How FG's 774,000 Employment Programme Will Be Implemented

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Minister Reveals How FG's 774,000 Employment Programme Will Be Implemented


Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, has said a 20-member committee will be constituted in each state, and will comprise representatives of local communities, traditional institutions, religious organisations, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), among others among others in order to make the selection process as apolitical as possible.

Keyamo disclosed how the programme would be implemented, during a press briefing adding that the programme is scheduled to begin in October 2020.

He added that up to 10 percent of the federal government’s 774,000 temporary employment slots will be allotted to political office holders across the country.

The Minister said:
“I wish to quickly note at this point that this is a distinct and separate committee from the state advisory committee under section5(2) of the N.D.E Act whose functions are different,” 


“Let me state clearly that all members of the state selection committees would not be persons holding any official position in any of the registered political parties.
If any of those listed also doubles as an official of any political party, then the state chairman of the selection committee of the SPW shall fill that position with another person representing that interest. We have stated this in order to make this process as apolitical as possible.


“However, we are not unmindful of the fact that political office holders are also representatives of the people. We cannot also totally ignore them in the selection process. We are only trying to guard against some of us hijacking the process solely to service our political interests.


“As a result and because of the need to be honest before Nigerians, the state selection committees would be instructed to allot to political office holders like our distinguished senators, honourable members, ministers and governors, a number in total not exceeding ten percent of the total beneficiaries in that state.


“This is to ensure that majority of Nigerians who do not belong to any of the political divide actually benefit substantially from this programme.”

Keyamo further added that 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 BVN for those without accounts. Consequently, all payments would be made from the CBN directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries."

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