The Federal Government has flag off the Extended Special Public Works Programme for the 774,000 jobs in Kebbi State.

The Federal Government has flag off the Extended Special Public Works Programme for the 774,000 jobs in Kebbi State.

Speaking during the occasion, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation, Justice Abubakar Malami, the programme was aimed at shielding the most vulnerable from the ravaging effect of COVID-19 Pandemic.

He said, the target was to immediately engage 774,000 selected unemployed Nigerians for the programme to execute carefully selected projects across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

Justice Malami, explains that 21,000 participants would be engaged in Kebbi State with each participating local government identifying its preferred projects and will be responsible for ensuring that they were executed as planned.

He however disclosed that, the Federal Government shall closely monitor the implementation of the programme to ascertain the efficient utilization of every resource, human and material committed to the programme.

The Acting Director General, National Directorate of Employment, Malam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, represented by the Assistant Director Loan, Mr.Ike Duro, explains that after the successful conduct of the pilot scheme within the first quarter of 2020 in eight States, President Muhammadu Buhari, approved for its implementation to all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He pointed out that, communities would receive a facelift through the activities of the participants as they will engage in various community and environmental specific public works activities from drainage clearing and maintenance, vegetation control, feeder roads maintenance, irrigation, great green wall as well as orchard maintenance among others.

According to him, all participants have been duly documented and their details captured by designated banks to guarantee a fraud free and fair service delivery.

ABDULLAHI TUKUR

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