The recruitment, which is running under the auspices of the Special Public Works (SPW) Programme, will provide jobs for 774,000 Nigerians which will be selected from the 774 local government areas of the federation. Each of the beneficiaries will be paid the sum of N20,000 monthly to carry out public works, even though there are a lot of criticisms from different angles concerning the pay, as they say the N20,000 monthly payment is too small.
The job recruitment program is part of the federal government's intervention programs and fiscal stimulus measures aimed at alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians because of coronavirus pandemic.
We are all witnesses to the fact that following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and its entry into Nigeria in February, the country has had its own share of the devastating effects of the pandemic. Many have been put out of job, and several economic policies have hit an all-time low. So this move from the federal government really shows that the government has the interests of the masses at heart.
Even though the program had brought a row between the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the National Assembly over how the program should be handled, and a war of words had ensued between the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, and the Joint Committee on Labour, and the National Assembly had asked that the program be suspended.
But all seems to have been settled, as the program has now officially kicked off, and this came as good news to millions of Nigerians who have been waiting patiently for the exercise to finally kick-off.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, in a report a few days ago, said that he has gotten approval from President Buhari to go ahead with the recruitment process.
Four days ago, the federal government took to its official Twitter handle to announce the take-off of the program. It said that the State Selection Committees have been inaugurated and have commenced work.
So for those who are interested in applying for the job recruitment, there are 3 vital things you need to know before you go ahead with your application. And they are:
1. Be careful of fake websites that are advertising the recruitment exercise.
As expected, there are some fake websites set up by some fraudulent people to exploit innocent Nigerians. These websites ask applicants to pay a certain sum of money before their application can be processed.
Know that the federal government is not demanding money from any applicant, so try not to fall into the trap of those fraudulent people.
2. Another important thing you need to know about the program is that the beneficiaries will be drawn from local government areas. Each of the 774 local government areas in the country has a 1000 slot. So if you want to apply, make sure you do so from your local government area.
You cannot hail from A local government area and apply under B local government area. That is not how it works, because the people in B local government area also has its own natives to look out for.
On the official website, the names and contact details of all the State Committees have been listed. Find that of your state, and reach out to them, and you will be told how you can apply.
3. Another important thing you need to know is that the program is aimed at cushioning the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on Nigerians. Thousands of people have lost their jobs because of this pandemic, and a lot of households are currently going through serious hardship.
So if you know that you already have a job you are doing, please don't try to apply for the program. Allow the jobless people, especially those unskilled labor, who are most affected by this pandemic, to apply. You never know how far that N20,000 monthly payment will go to helping them and their families.
At this moment of global crisis, we need to be sensitive to the plight of other people. So if you are already employed somewhere else, please allow those unemployed people to benefit from this.
What do you have to say about this exercise? Do you have plans to apply? And if you have any questions about this, please let me know in the comments section.
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