FCT ministet of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu mni has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort for initiating the Extended Special Public Works Programme aimed at addressing mass unemployment in the country.
A statement by the special assistant to the minister, Mr Austine Elemue on Saturday in Abuja, said the minister made the commendation at the Kogi state inauguration of the programme in Lokoja township stadium.
The minister added that the interventionist programme, approved in October 2019 was for 1,000 persons each from the 774 Local Government Areas of the country for temporary employment during the dry season.
She said that before now, the emphasis has been on unemployed graduates and skilled workers.
“These types of programmes were used during the Great Depression by industrialised nations to immediately respond to grinding poverty at the lowest level of the society that normally bear the brunt of such economic upheavals“ Dr Ramatu said
“The programme is not entirely new to Nigeria as the National Directorate of Employment in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO) first introduced it in the mid 90s.“Even though, the ILO itself derived the idea of Special Public Works programme from several historical templates“ she added
The minister therefore, enjoined the participants especially from Kogi to reciprocate the gesture of the President by diligently carrying out their assigned responsibilities through out the duration of the short-term but fruitful engagement of the programme.
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