774000 SWP recruitment is for Nigerians, not an APC programme -Keyamo


File photo: The Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo



The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has restated that the Federal Government’s Special Works Programme (SPW) aimed at recruiting774000 young people is for all Nigerians and not for members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Keyamo said this in a series of tweets on his handle where he refuted claims that he ordered that the forms for the SPW be given to APC members.

According to him, the final list of those for the programme will be from the State’s Selection Committees.

“I have NOT directed that forms for the SPW be distributed to APC Ward leaders to give to party members,” he said.

“Any of such list will be discountenanced. THIS IS NOT AN APC PROGRAMME but a programme FOR ALL NIGERIANS. We shall ONLY accept final lists from the States’ Selection Committees.”

Similarly, he called on Nigerians to disregard messages telling them to visit offices of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for registration.


File photo: The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, leaves a meeting with members of the Senate and House Joint Committee on Labour at the National Assembly in Abuja on June 30, 2020.

Keyamo said the rumoured registration for the SPW at NDE offices will be a breach of the country’s COVID-19 guidelines.

“This will breach COVID-19 guidelines and it will not ensure we strictly achieve the 1000 per LGA,” he added.

“The selection will be done from LGA to LGA, not in States’ NDE offices.”


Country-Wide Policy

The SPW is a post-COVID-19 poverty alleviation programme, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, under which 1,000 persons are to be employed from each of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

The initiative is expected to commence on October 1 and each beneficiary will be paid N20,000 monthly to carry out public works.




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