The Federal Government has inaugurated the Special Public Works Programme meant for the employment of 774,000 itinerant workers nationwide for three months.
The government said the initiative, through which the beneficiaries will be paid N20,000 each, was conceived to shield vulnerable Nigerians from poverty, hunger and joblessness.
Speaking at the ceremony, which held at the old Parade Ground, Abuja, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, explained that the initiative was meant to protect the most vulnerable Nigerians from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that the applicants would execute carefully selected projects, including repair and rehabilitation of public infrastructure in their areas, adding that the workers were not engaged to only clean drainages.
According to him, each of the participating 774 local government areas has identified its preferred projects and will be responsible for ensuring that they are executed as planned.
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