According to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the engagement of 774, 000 Nigerians on Special Public Works programme in the country to cushion the effect of COVlD-19 pandemic.
The Minister disclosed this at a press conference on fiscal stimulus measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic and oil prices fiscal shock in Abuja today Monday 6th April 2020. She said 1,000 people were expected to be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas of the country.
According to her, the sum of N60 billion as allowances and operational cost has been earmarked from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund for the initiative.
The minister disclosed that President Buhari had previously approved a pilot special public works programme in eight states to be implemented by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
She added that Buhari had now approved that this programme be extended to all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory from October to December 2020 and the selected time-frame was to ensure that it was implemented after the planting season.