The seven hundred and seventy-four thousand (774,000) participants of the Special Public Works (SPW) programme are to get their stipends soon after the Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Olorogun Festus Keyamo, SAN stated this on Saturday.
Olorogun Festus Keyamo, SAN, a distinguished Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through his official twitter handle broke the elated news to Nigerians having met with the number one citizen and President of the nation, Muhammadu Buhari, who gave the nod.
He also warned those who registered with different names not to expect any payments.
According to him, he has directed the NDE to begin processing the payments, and participants should begin to receive payments.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously directed a release of the funds for the payment of stipends to the 774,000 participants of the SPW programme. I have consequently directed the NDE to begin processing the payments and participants should begin to receive payments.
“In order to eliminate fraud and/or double payments, I have also directed that every payment to participants be made using the BVN of their accounts so we can have an audit trail of every single payment. Those who registered with different names shouldn’t expect payments,” Keyamo’s tweet read.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously directed a release of the funds for the payment of stipends to the 774,000 participants of the SPW programme. I have consequently directed the NDE to begin processing the payments and participants should begin to receive payments soon.
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) March 20, 2021
Newsonspot.com.ng recalls that the SPW programme was planned to employ 1,000 Nigerians from every of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
The initiative ran into delays following the power play between Keyamo and the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu, who was sacked last year’s December.
Every one of the 774,000 workers will get N20,000 monthly for three months duration of the job.
The SPW is a programme initiated by the federal government under the Ministry of Labour and Employment to help curb the menace of unemployment among Nigerian youths. This programme is also aimed at maintaining critical public and social infrastructure while lending supports to the three tiers of government in the area of sanitization.