774000 Jobs for Nigerians Through Special Public Works Program: 17 Things To Know

On April 6, 2020, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari promised that 1000 Nigerians would be employed from each of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, meaning 774,000 Nigerians will be employed across the country.

In this post, we’ll breakdown the mode of employment for you including the 20 guidelines you need to know about about the recruitment process.

On May 28, 2020, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr Festus Keyamo in a statement stated the plans have been put in place to begin the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians into the programme.


The National Directorate of Employment, an agency of the government is the one supervising the recruitment process. You can check the NDE office in your state of residence to find out more.

While the modalities for recruitment of the SPWP are ongoing, NALDA official portal will reopen on Thursday, June 11, 2020 for the Buhari Young Farmers Programme, don’t forget to apply.

Having said that, what’s is SPWP all about?

Special Public Works Program To Employ 774,000 Nigerian Youths

What does SPW mean?

SPW means Special Public Works. It is one of the four departments in the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

SPW is aimed at identifying and exploit employment opportunities that abound in the public works sector.

This is done by organizing the skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled Nigerians youths who are unemployed to carry out utility, environmental, infrastructural development and sanitation works.

Duties of SPW Workers

  • Environmental works like clearing of gutters, possibly engage in maintaining properties that belong to the federal government.
  • You may be engaged to clear bush on Federal roads. This is similar to Osun State Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) which was created by the ex-governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

Other things you’d find yourself doing are:

  • Drains clearing,
  • Rural feeder roads maintenance,
  • Street clearing
  • Clearing of school compounds,
  • Clearing of market places
  • Clearing of health centres

What are the benefits of SPW?

  • Stand a chance of securing permanent employment or self-employment
  • Recruiters have access to your data via the NDE which is an added advantage.
  • Receive monthly stipend to keep you going.
  • Aimed at empowering people in rural areas across Nigeria.

What’s the monthly salary of SPW workers in Nigeria?

Most likely N20, 000 per month, but we can’t confidently confirm this at the time of this report, however, a similar programme which was undertaken in Ekiti State at the beginning of 2020, N20, 000 was paid to the beneficiaries.

Requirements for Special Public Works

  • Must be a Nigerian
  • No formal education is needed
  • Between 18 to 35 years
  • Must be a resident of one of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria

How many states are in the pilot phase?

According to a tweet by NDE, there are eight states in the pilot phase, they are:

  • Ebonyi
  • Borno
  • Edo
  • Ekiti
  • Adamawa
  • Kwara
  • Katsina
  • Jigawa

How would it be implemented?

This means 1,000 people would be engaged in each of the local government areas, totalling 774, 000 in all.

On the implementation, the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning is said to be 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.”

20 Things To Know About Special Works Programme Employment Guidelines

1) Special Works Programme will be funded from the N60bn COVID-19 Intervention Fund according to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed in a speech in April 2020.

2) The 774,000 recruitment programme is a temporary job which will start by October 2020 through December 2020

3) The programme is tagged Special Public Works Programme in the Rural Areas which will be under one of the agencies of the government National Directorate of Employment (NDE)

4) The programme is aimed at suppressing unemployment temporarily and it’s recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to to immediately respond to grinding poverty at the lowest level of society.

5) The 774,000 unemployed will be engaged for a period of 3-month, one thousand (1,000) unemployed persons per Local Government Area.

6) It also described as off season transient job programme for the rehabilitation/maintenance of public and social infrastructure.

7) Each of the beneficiaries under the programme will be paid an allowance of N20,000 monthly, residents of the rural areas are the target.

8) Beneficiaries will be engaged in: Drainage digging and clearance, Irrigation canals clearance, Rural feeder road maintenance, Maintenance of the Great Green Wall nurseries and orchards (in Borno, Jigawa and Katsina States), Traffic control, Street cleaning, Cleaning of public infrastructure like Health Centres, Schools and the likes.

9) There are eight pilot states  Adamawa, Borno, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Jigawa, Katsina and Kwara.

10) It is expected that a total of 40,000 direct transient jobs will be created in the eight pilot states.

11) The minister of state for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo will only be to supervise the programme, his office will not be directly involved in the recruitment process.

12) The recruitment process will be done at the local government areas, meaning committee have been set in each of the states across the federation to select and recommend to the office of Mr Keyamo names of the 1,000 persons from each of the Local Government Areas

13) The state committees will be the ones to identify the projects to be executed in the 774,000 L.G.As.

14) The special committees that would be responsible for the selections and recommendation for the 774,000 Nigerians is known State Selection Committees of the Special Public Works (SPW), comprising of a 20-member each

15) Select banks will be used to register and collate data of the 774,000 beneficiaries. This way,  banks will open accounts for all beneficiaries and in the process obtain BVN for those without accounts through which payments would be made from the CBN directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries.

16) Online feedback mechanism from citizens, stakeholders and managers of the programme will be used to effectively monitor the programme directly from Abuja.

17) A website will specifically be designed for the purpose of disseminating information to beneficiaries and getting feedbacks from Selection Committees.

You can find the full Speech of Festus Keyamo regarding this programme on his Medium Page.

Rate of unemployment in Nigeria

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy has a high rate of youth unemployment with over 20 million of its agile citizens jobless, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

According to NBS, the unemployment rate is 23.1% while underemployment stands at 16.6%

Mode of Payment

According to the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), the successful applicants would be paid through their bank accounts using their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).

Why BVN?

According to him, the use of BVN would help achieve transparency and avoid double payments to applicants during the implementation of the programme.

The programme is expected to gulp N52billion meant for the payment of the participants at N20, 000 per month for three months.

The exercise is expected to commence in October.

Keyamo was quoted as saying, “Mr. President has given a clear directive for this programme to be totally free of fraud; everybody will be paid by a bank account and BVN. You must not only have a bank account you must have a BVN so you cannot be paid twice.

“You can’t open an account under two different names. Everybody’s biometrics will be taken by the banks to ensure that you don’t have two different accounts. Within the next few weeks, we will do that.

“We are going to conclude with the banks in the next few days to ensure that we are transparent and the banks will tell Nigerians exactly how they want to go about this in all the local governments in the country.”

Also speaking on implementation of the programme, the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasir Ladan said, “They (selection committees) have sent their reports to us and we have made some corrections and adjustments and we are good to go. As far as I am concerned, the issue of special public works, are fully ready.”

2 Replies to “774000 Jobs for Nigerians Through Special Public Works Program: 17 Things To Know”

  1. if the registration starts how would one be notified, because not everybody is on social media to assess it and many of the people need this for survival.

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