FG begins recruitment of 774,000 jobs


The Federal Government has announced the official commencement of recruitment of Nigerians for the 774,000 job slots available nationwide.

With 774 local government areas in the country, each council is entitled to 1,000 slot in the initiative under the Special Public Works Programme.

“The Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government has kicked off nationwide,” it announced through it official Twitter account Tuesday morning.

“The State Selection Committees have been inaugurated and have commenced work. Find the names and contact details of members of your State’s Committee here: specialpublicworks.gov.ng/site/” the tweet added.

In the 2020 revised budget, about N52billion was mapped out for the initiative which has led to clash between the leadership of the Labour Ministry and the National Assembly.

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, had two weeks ago clashed with a committee of the legislature set up to look into how the initiative is being executed. He accused the National Assembly of attempting to hijack the recruitment  despite being given 15 percent of the slot.

While weighing into the matter, Ahmad Lawan, President of the 9th Senate ordered the termination of the process while asking it be restarted afresh. This was not after Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, apologised for the war of words Keyamo had with the committee members.

The junior minister yesterday announced that his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, urged him to ignore the directive of the National Assembly and proceed with the implementation of the programme.