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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.
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:
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%