By Michael Oche
The Minister of State for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari plans to extend the Extended Special Public Works (ESPW) programme, also known as the 774,000 jobs next year and beyond.
The Federal Government in January, this year flagged off the 774, 000 jobs with each participant expected to receive N20, 000 each in the next three months.
The Minister who spoke at a three days training for Zonal Directors and State Coordinators of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), said the scheme will now hold annually as part of the Economic Sustainability Plan of the Federal Government.
He said the meeting was to provide solutions to identified problems as well as fresh ideas to make future implementation of the programme hitch free and sustainable.
Keyamo admitted that the road has been rough, but the administration is determined to ensure that the benefits of the programme reach the target groups.
He said there are still a few difficult corners to navigate as the government completes the payment process for beneficiaries of the 774,000 jobs who are yet to receive their stipends.
“We still have a few difficult corners to navigate as we complete the payment process for those who are yet to receive their stipends.
“This meeting and training will enable you design the template for the completion report on the programme, x-ray the challenges encountered during the implementation and recommendations for improvements moving forward. This development could not have come at a better time than now when the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is planning to extend the programme next year and beyond.”
He said the meeting will enable the Management of NDE to fashion new ways and approaches for job creation for youths.
He explained that the focus of the meeting will incorporate the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Sensitization for Zonal Directors and State Coordinators. This is also a step in the right direction as the President Muhammadu Buhari led government at the center is working assiduously towards eliminating corruption and corrupt conducts with the sphere of governance. It therefore stands to reason that you as public officers must not only be conscious and committed to
In his address, the Director General of NDE, Malam Abubakar Fikpo said the meeting is an opportunity to brainstorm in order to chart a new course in the NDE’s efforts at addressing the challenge of mass unemployment.
He said, “let me remind us that our mission here is to fashion a new and effective NDE.”