The registration for the 774,000 special public works programme would end on September 21, the federal government has declared. The Nation reports that the government, which announced the end of registration through the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), urged Nigerians willing to participate in the programme to get in touch with the selection committees in their states.
The director-general of NDE, Nasir Ladan, made the announcement on Monday, September 7, via an advertorial. The special public works programme is a dry season/off-season transient jobs and rehabilitation/maintenance of social infrastructure. The programme is designed to employ 1,000 persons in each of the 774 local government areas of the country. Successful applicants are to be paid N20,000 per month for three months via their Bank Verification Number (BVN). The programme is expected to gulp N52 billion for payment of the participants and implementation of the programme. The government said prospective participants must be Nigerians of 18 years and above; must be physically fit or with no partial disability; and must be indigenes or residents within the local government areas of participation. “Unemployed Nigerians willing to participate in the programme should make enquiries from the state selection committee chairmen who are piloting the registration process in the states. “The registration is free and open to all Nigerians that meet the criteria – from September 7 to 21, 2020,” he said. It was reported that the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo told the press at a briefing on Thursday, September 3, that the biometrics of successful applicants would be captured by the banks during the process. In another report, the federal government assured Nigerians that transparency would guide the selection process for the N-Power Batch C enrolment. 7 It was reported that Hajia Sadiya Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, gave the assurance on Thursday, September 3, in Abuja at the interactive forum with state focal persons for the social Investment programmes