774,000 jobs open at FG today
The federal government’s Special Public Works (SPW) program to employ 774,000 young people in 774 local government councils begins today with an official launch scheduled for Friday.
The project, which was originally scheduled to start on October 1, was pushed back to November after Labor and Employment Minister Festus Keyamo (SAN) wrote a memo to President Muhammad Bukhari, informing him that most of the proposed project sites were still flooded as it rains have not gone yet.
However, Tunde Mosud, Special Assistant to the Minister of Labor and Employment for Media Affairs, told our correspondent by phone that the official launch will take place next Friday, November 6th.
He said: “Yes, it is going forward. November 1 is Sunday, so there can be no official dinner on Sunday. ”
He said that Labor Minister Festus Keiamo will openly announce the start of the Delta program.
LEADERSHIP It was announced Sunday that the program will begin with a trial in 18 states, with other states joining at a later date.
Many successful beneficiaries of the program have received text messages from banks and local authorities confirming their participation.
Meanwhile, stakeholders welcomed the move, saying the initiative, if not half-politicized, would lead to economic prosperity, even if it lowers the country’s unemployment growth over the long term.
Stakeholders speaking yesterday in separate interviews for LEADERSHIP SUNDAY said that a systemic and multidimensional economy with a broad perspective is essential to address the growing unemployment problem.
For his part, Muda Yusuf, Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said that for the government initiative to work, an enabling environment must be created for investors, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
Yusuf said: “We must focus on the factors that impede the implementation of this activity. We need to address infrastructure issues, foreign exchange access, regulatory issues, finance, technology, port duties, taxes, fees and charges, and bureaucracy, to name a few of the constraints.
“Supporting the creation of new businesses is a good idea, but promoting the growth of existing businesses more efficiently and more sustainably. We must consider all aspects of the unemployment problem. “
In addition, entrepreneurship and business management expert Dr. Timi Olubiyi said that if the drive to create jobs is sustainable, it will be desirable and attractive.
However, he called on the government to bolster existing jobs against looming job losses due to an imminent recession and a still widespread pandemic.
He stressed that SMEs are, in fact, the largest employer in the world, a pathway to wealth creation and sustainable economic development.
Likewise, President of the National Union of Oil and Gas Workers (NUPENG) Comrade Williams Akporeha, who praised President Muhammad Bukhari for his planned 774,000 job creation, prayed that jobs should be permanent, not jobs that would gradually disappear through some years.
“I have to thank the PMB because its administration is the type that tries to satisfy the desires of the people. He is making a positive effort on these scheduled posts, which I believe are for the general government, which is a positive development anyway. But I pray that politicized jobs will not disappear when this administration expires, ”he said.
Likewise, the President of the National Union of Food and Beverage Workers (NUFBTE) Comrade Oyelekan Latif, who applauded Bukhari for being sensitive to the plight of Nigerian youth through the planned job creation, noted that “if indeed By promise to create 774 thousand people will be allowed to work, the number of unemployed will be reduced by 774 thousand.
“And if the organized private sector can also create a lot of employment, there will be a peaceful atmosphere in society,” he added.
In a separate reaction, NUFBTE Secretary General Comrade Mike Olanrewaju thanked President Buhari for the planned jobs and, speaking Sunday with the OWNER, instructed the federal government to make the planned jobs productive and lasting, which will help engage young people, thereby keeping them from idle.
Olanrewaju said: “This means a thousand jobs in 774 local governments, which is the best step in the right direction. We pray that this is not a political statement because it is better said than done.
“But if it is done, it will reduce the insecurity in the country, since the inactive hand is always the devil’s workshop. If they actively participate, they will not be interested in anything that could undermine such initiatives.
“They can be easily manipulated for evil when they have no functional and productive work. But if this is really not a political statement, if FG can truly make this promise a reality, then this country will have bright hope because the country is currently at a crossroads with no clear direction. “
The federal government previously initiated the Special Public Works (SPW) program, which was designed to create 774,000 jobs nationwide with the opening of state selection committees.
-The initiative plans to recruit 1,000 people from each of the 774 local residents of the country.
-Each beneficiary of the program will be paid a monthly payment of 20,000 NG for community service.
– The agency implementing the program is the National Employment Administration (NDE).
State Minister of Labor and Productivity Festus Kayamo, during the virtual inauguration, in a joint speech with NDE CEO Nasir Ladan Argungu, said that an inter-ministerial committee of 8 ministries and led by the NDE had recommended the creation of state selection committees to identify and recruit those who will participate in program.
Craftsmen in 11 states, FCT receives N30,000 one-time grants
Meanwhile, the presidency announced that artisans in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have begun to receive a one-time grant of N30,000 as part of the federal government’s artisan support program.
The Crafts Support Scheme is part of the federal government’s Survival Fund program to support micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide.
This was announced yesterday by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the vice president for media and advertising.
He said that beneficiaries in 11 states and FCT were in the first stream and started collecting a one-time grant of N30,000.
He listed states including Lagos, Ondo, Kaduna, Borno, Kano, Bauchi, Anambra, Abia, Rivers, Plateau and Delta, as well as FCT.
Akande said: “Registration for the second group of states has already begun; there will also be a third batch. All 36 states and FCTs are covered, and confirmed beneficiaries will receive a one-time grant.
“Another phase of the survival fund program has begun, where 250,000 company names will be CAC registered for free. The federal government will pay the cost of registering a business and the first 250,000 Nigerians will be beneficiaries, on a first come, first served basis.
He noted that the federal government, as part of its MSME Survival Fund program, will pay three months’ wages to certain categories of workers.
Akande listed categories such as private school teachers, transportation workers and other categories of entrepreneurs, adding that this will help mitigate the economic impact of the closure of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that under the Survival Fund salary support program, grants of N30,000 or N50,000 will be paid. E. Within three months, 500,000 beneficiaries across the country.
According to him, a one-time scholarship of 30 thousand AD to Artisans and 50 thousand AD will be paid to some small businesses.
Akande said that despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) will help revitalize the country’s economy, stimulate local production, and sustain and create jobs.
He said the ESP, approved by the president and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in June, is a $ 2.3 trillion stimulus plan.
He said ESP has several industry-specific and tailored components to provide solutions to support jobs and revitalize the economy.
Akand continued, “The Agro (for Agriculture) program has made progress so far as we have listed over 4 million farmers who will benefit from the agricultural aspect of ESP.
“The central bank of Nigeria will provide the loan to larger partners, which in turn will provide small farmers with equipment, services, crops and fertilizers.”
“In addition, their number will reach about 5 million, and these are mainly small farmers, of whom they also strive to significantly increase the area under crops.
“They are also looking at 20,000 acres of land in each state, of which this is ongoing, and very soon the money will be allocated to fund the project.”
He also said the federal government is making progress on the ESP 300,000 social housing program, aimed at building homes across the country for low-income workers.
On the ESP solar initiative, Akande said it will create 250,000 jobs and power millions of homes by installing solar panels in 5 million homes across the country.
He revealed that Solar Home systems and mini-grids will be installed in 5 million homes across the country in places where they have not yet been connected to the national grid.
Source: – Leadership ng