- Successful applicants for the 774,000 jobs under the Extended Special Public Works can now breathe a heavy sigh of relief
- This is as banks have been directed to pay participants enrolled in the programme their N20,000 stipend
- The federal government has already met with the banks handling the payment of stipends for the participants
Abuja – A report by Daily Trust indicates that the federal government on Monday, June 21, directed banks to pay Nigerians who were employed from 774 local government areas of the country under the Extended Special Public Works (ESPW) immediately.
It was gathered that thousands of the participants were yet to be paid their stipend while others said they were paid only once.
The news publication, citing sources, claim that the selected participants weren’t issued working tools in addition to not receiving payment.
Though the actual amount released for the payment has not been made public, the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, said the amount was N26 billion.
In another report by Vanguard, the ministry of labour, the national directorate of employment and the participating banks met to review the issues.
Recall that the programme which launched on January 5, 2021, was meant to cushion the effect of COVID-19 by providing jobs to 774,000 people in all the local government areas in the federation.
The participants were to be paid N20,000 each for three months.
FG to begin payments to participants
Earlier, the government started making payments to Nigerians under the Special Public Works Programme (SPWP).
Keyamo on Saturday, March 20, revealed that President Buhari directed the release of the funds for the payment of stipends to the beneficiaries of the programme.
Keyamo further stated that he has asked the National Directorate Of Employment (NDE) to start crediting the accounts of those listed in the scheme.
FG begins enrolment of N-Power Batch C applicants
Meanwhile, the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development on Sunday, June 6, said the federal government has begun enrolment for N-Power Batch C members.
The good news was announced by Bashir Alkali, the permanent secretary in the ministry.
Alkali who spoke in Abuja about the exercise disclosed that the ministry is at the stage of verifying the email addresses of applicants.
He, therefore, advised all shortlisted applicants to check their email addresses for confirmation and more information.