Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, has announced that the 774,000 Special Public Works (SPW) project will start on the 5th of January 2021.

The three-month N20,000 monthly job creation program has been delayed due to disagreements between the minister and former chairman of National Directorate of Employment, Nasir Ladan who has been fired by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

It was discovered that the ousted chairman, Ladan had collaborated with the National assembly to undermine the efforts of Keyamo who is the minister under whose ministry the scheme belongs.

The federal government has twice announced the kick-off date for the program meant to employ 774, 000 Nigerians in the 774 local government areas before now.

Despite the release of N26 billion as stated by Ladan and procurement of equipment, the programme has not commenced till date.

In Abuja yesterday 13th December, Keyamo disclosed that the project will start in January 2021 and the official start will be announced on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

Here is he said: “We have taken a firm decision to begin on January 5, 2021, but I am going to make an official announcement after FEC on Wednesday. We had a few hiccups in December but we have taken a decision to begin January 5 which is a Tuesday.

The programme will run from January to March 2021 which is pure dry season. So, we are ready. All the obstacles have been removed.


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