By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nasarawa State chairman of the 774,000 Special Public Works Programme, Dr Kasim Mohammed Kasim, said the programme will inject a whopping sum of seven hundred and eighty million naira (N780m ) in Nasarawa State in the next three months.
Dr Kasim disclosed this at the flagging off of the programme at Lafia City Hall, Tuesday.
He said the Programme which would engage one thousand youth in each local government of the state, would not only boost the economic status of the state, but lift the youth out of poverty.
According to the state chairman of the Programme, “at the end of three months each of the 13 Local Government Areas of the state would be injected with the sum of sixty million naira only (N60m)”.
He revealed that each of the 13,000 artisans, recruited for the programme in the state, stands to earn a monthly allowance of N20,000 during the duration of the three month exercise. Adding that twenty million naira (N20m) would be injected into the economy of the council areas monthly.
Dr. Muhammed Kassim who appealed for logistics support from the state government to ensure success of the scheme stated that the success of the programme depended largely on the support and cooperation of the state government especially in the provision of vehicles and other logistics to enhance seamless execution of the exercise.
Minister of State Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo remarked at the flagging off of the programme in the state, that the Extended Special Public Works Programme was targeted at unskilled youths, women and persons with disabilities.
He said the initiative by Buhari administration to reduce unemployment in the country needed the support of all Nigerians to realize reduction of unemployed in the country.
Flagging-off the programme, , Governor Abdullahi Sule lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his various intervention programme aimed at alleviating the hardship being experienced by the unemployed youths in the country.
Governor Sule charged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the programme and focus on the skills they would acquire at the end of the three months exercise.