The Special Public Works Programme’s 1000 jobs per Local Government Area initiative by the Federal Government will only consider the unskilled, illiterate, poor indigents of each of the country’s Local Government Areas, therefore it is unnecessary to ask them to go on the internet and register for jobs through a portal, an exercise which can only be done by more literate, online-savvy populations of Nigeria. But the full names and information of the beneficiaries will be openly published after the recruitment on a website, for the benefits of transparency.
This much was disclosed by Barrister Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour & Employment, who is also the supervising minister for National Directorate of Employment (NDE). He said that, “Some have asked me why there’s no registration portal for the 1000 jobs per LGA. My answer is, our real targets for these jobs are mostly unskilled rural workers who may not be literate enough and who can’t have access to any portal. The elites think everything is now by internet. Whilst it is inexpedient to ask largely illiterate, itinerant workers to go on the internet and register for jobs through a portal, we shall surely upload their full names & information AFTER RECRUITMENT on a website for all to see. The monitoring process would be very transparent.”
Speaking on Tursday, the Minister declared that “in line with Section 16(1) of the N.D.E Act, I have decided to constitute special committees in each State of the Federation for the purpose of deliberating, selecting and recommending to my office the names of the 1,000 persons from each of the Local Government Areas in the States to be engaged for this programme. The Committees would also identify the projects to be executed in those Local Government Areas. These special committees would be known as the State Selection Committees of the Special Public Works (SPW). It shall be a 20-member Committee comprising of the following persons:
1. A Chairman and Vice-Chairman who shall be indigents of that State or who are ordinarily resident in that State.
2. The State Co-ordinator of the N.D.E of that State who will be the Secretary.
3. One representative of the Governor of that State.
4. The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria of that State or his representative/nominee.
5. The State Chairman of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs or his representative/nominee.
6. The State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers or his representative/nominee.
7. The market woman leader in that State
8. Three persons (one from each Senatorial District) representing the traditional institutions in that State.
9. Two persons (one male and one female) from each of the Senatorial District of the State (that is six persons) representing prominent youth organisations in those States.
10. A representative of a prominent Civil Society Organisation of that State.
11. Two persons representing some peculiar interests in those States.
I wish to quickly note at this point that this is a distinct and separate Committee from the State Advisory Committee under section 5(2) of the N.D.E Act whose functions are different.
Let me state clearly that all members of the State Selection Committees would not be persons holding any official position in any of the registered political parties. If any of those listed also doubles as an official of any political party, then the State Chairman of the Selection Committee of the SPW shall fill that position with another person representing that interest. We have stated this in order to make this process as apolitical as possible.”
Barrister Keyamo, the supervising Minister for National Directorate of Employment (NDE), had on 29th of April, exactly a month ago inaugurated the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee on the Federal Government’s Special Public Works Program designed to employ 1000 mostly unskilled persons per LGA in all the 774 LGAs across the country for a period of 3 months. The Committee is chaired by the Director General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Dr Nasiru Ladan; along with representatives from the Ministries of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Transport, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Federal Ministry of Works & Housing, and Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment.
This initiative will contribute a lot to the scourge of unemployment among the rural and semi-urban population of the country.