President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the engagement of 774, 000 Nigerians for Special Public Works programme in the country to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, disclosed this in Abuja at a press conference on fiscal stimulus measures.
The measures were in response to COVID-19 pandemic and oil prices fiscal shock.
She explained that 1, 000 people were expected to be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country
According to her, the sum of N60 billion for allowances and operational cost has been earmarked from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund for the initiative.
She disclosed that President Buhari had previously approved a pilot special public works programme in eight states to be implemented by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
She added that Buhari had now approved that this programme be extended to all 36 States and the FCT from October to December 2020 and the selected time-frame was to ensure that it was implemented after the planting season.
“The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning is also evaluating how best to extend the Special Public Works Programme, to provide modest stipends for itinerant workers to undertake Roads Rehabilitation and Social Housing Construction.
They will also be involved in Urban and Rural Sanitation, Health Extension and other critical services.