NewsOne Nigeria reports that the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to pay the sum of twenty thousand naira, (20,000), to unemployed youths in the West African country for three months.
Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, who disclosed this at a news conference on Friday, said the development is part of President Buhari’s agenda to reduce the unemployment rate in the country, adding that the payment is to maintain public and social infrastructures in the country.
His words: “The pilot programme earlier approved by Mr President was designed to mitigate lack of job opportunities in the rural areas through a short-term engagement of 1,000 unemployed persons per local government area for a period of three months.
“It is a dry season/off-season transient job programme and was originally designed for the rehabilitation/maintenance of public and social infrastructure. Participants were to be paid an allowance of N20,000 monthly and were to be recruited largely from the pool of unskilled persons resident in those rural areas.
“Some have asked me why there’s no registration portal for the 1000 jobs per LGA. My answer is, our real targets for these jobs are mostly unskilled rural workers who may not be literate enough & who can’t have access to any portal. The elites think everything is now by internet.
“Whilst it is inexpedient to ask largely illiterate, itinerant workers to go on the internet & register for jobs through a portal, we shall surely upload their full names & information AFTER RECRUITMENT on a website for all to see. The monitoring process would be very transparent”.