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In October 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval for a pilot scheme of the Special Public Works Programme (SPW).
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) got the mandate to supervise the programme.
Moreover, the major aim of the program is to reduce unemployment, especially among rural dwellers.
It employs 1000 unemployed persons from each of the 774 local governments in the country for three months.
Participants receive N20,000 as a stipend for three months of participation.
Besides, participants help in rehabilitating and maintaining public infrastructure during the period of engagement.
After a successful pilot in eight states, the president approved the extension to all the 36 states of the federation and FCT.
- The Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning announced this on Monday 6th of April, 2020.
Participants are to be engaged for three months during the dry season, usually from October to December.
The Federal Government voted N52 billion for the programme in the 2020 budget.
SPW Payment Date
Participants who have not received their SPW payment should go to the NDE office nearest to them to verify and upgrade their documents.
The supervising minister of the programme, Mr Festus Keyamo, revealed that more than N40 billion had been paid to participants.
However, he claimed in November last year that the Federal Government had not released N7.3 billion meant for those who have not been paid.
In addition, he said that bank issues are responsible for the delay.
Also, the NDE’s Director-General, Abubakar Fikpo, said that it is not possible for the agency to access participants’ funds.
He claimed that the funds were with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Besides, he revealed that NDE’s role in participants’ payment is to send participants’ names, account numbers, BVN, bank details and the amount to the Accountant General of the Federation.
Thereafter, the Accountant General will instruct the CBN for payment.
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