Last Updated on February 2, 2021 by Ope Quadri
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?
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.”
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).
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.”