16,000 youths in Ekiti state are to benefit from the Federal Government Special Public Works Programme aimed at providing modest stipends for 774,000 Nigerians who are to be engaged as itinerant workers.
Governor Kayode Fayemi made this known at the inauguration of the State’s selection Committee for the programme, held at Ado-Ekiti.
In a message, the Ekiti state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ forum, said anybody who was not ready to be engaged as unskilled personnel should not apply.
Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mr. Biodun Omoleye who is also the Chief of Staff to the Governor maintained that anyone recruited under the scheme would be engaged in environmental sanitation, filling of potholes, traffic control, clearing up blocked drainage channels among others.
Coordinator, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mr. Babatunde Alao sought the cooperation of the stakeholders, adding that the methods of recruiting would be devoid of political, religious, and ethnic colourations.
The federal government special public works programme is one of the measures designed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic especially on the vulnerable, unemployed youths and poor people in the society.