President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo ( SAN ) , the approval to supervise the recruitment of 774 , 000 youths under the Special Public Works Programme which go against the National Assembly’s directive, which says the exercise should be suspended.
The ministry of Labour confirmed this to via its Twitter account on Tuesday that it had received the instructions from Mr President , to proceed with the supervision of the preparation for the execution of the programme in accordance with the law and that the recruitment of the 774, 000 youths had started.
It was also learnt that Keyamo directed the NDE DG to halt further actions on the recruitment of the workers , which he insisted would be undertaken by the ministry .
Findings indicate that the SPWG portal , https /specialpublicworks . gov . ng/ site / has started functioning . It contains the list of state selection committee members inaugurated by the minister a few weeks ago and other tips on the exercise.
Recall that Buhari had, a few months ago , approved the employment of 774, 000 workers as part of efforts to cushion the economic hardship caused by the COVID- 19 pandemic.
Under the programme , 1 , 000 Nigerians , who will earn N 20 , 000 each on a monthly basis for three months, will be recruited in each of the 774 local government areas of the country.
The programme was , however , hit by a crisis on July 1 when the National Assembly said it had suspended it because of a disagreement it had with Keyamo.
The legislators have denied receiving any information regarding the confirmation by Mr. President but will see to the issue during its sitting on Wednesday (today).