The federal government has announced plan to give temporary employment to a substantial number of unemployed youths across the country.
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN) disclosed this to newsmen on Friday during a press conference held in Abuja saying it is aimed at mitigating unemployment.
In a lowdown of the scheme known as Special Public Works Programmes in the Rural Areas, Keyamo said 1,000 youths from each of the 774 local government areas will be recruited to maintain social and public infrastructures for three months.
During the period the minister said, each of them will receive N20,000 monthly, explaining that the programme is domiciled in the National Directorate of Employment for implementation and is expected to take off in October.
His word: “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.”