The Federal Government has now introduced a new scheme aimed at curbing unemployment in the country. The scheme will see unemployed youths in rural areas earning N20,000 per month.
The details of the activities and jobs required of the youths include; the clearing of drainage, sweeping of markets, road maintenance, traffic control, and general cleaning of public infrastructures like health centers and schools.
This exciting piece of information was revealed by The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), who said this at a news conference on Thursday.
Festus Keyamo said the scheme targets just 1,000 youths from each of the 774 local governments across the country, which totals 774,000 youths in general.
Keyamo also 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.
The PUNCH 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 in part states,
“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.”
Festus Keyamo also added;
“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,”
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