The Federal Government of Nigeria has yesterday made open its plans to engage 27,000 youths and women on employment basis under the Extended Special Public Works Programme (ESPV), as part of its effort towards the creation of 774,000 jobs across the country’s 774 LGAs.
The programme is aimed at managing the economic effect of COVID-19 pandemic, to lower the unemployment rate and to sustain infrastructural development.
During the official flag-off of the programme, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Maiduguri, Borno State explained that N1. 62bn would be used in the payment of direct allowances to the 1,000 women and youths that would benefit from each of the 27 LGAs of the state.
Mustapha Shehuri also charged residents of the state with the responsibility of promoting peace and security in the state, as a means of appreciation to the Federal Government’s effort.
Acting Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, represented by Alhaji Samaila Gunda, Senior Assistant Technical, in his welcome address, explained that the programme was designed with the ultimate goal of touching the lives of 774,000 Nigerians in the coming three months.
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, represented by his Deputy, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the will of his administration to lift Nigerians out of poverty and also expressed hope for a bright future of the nation.