A new sharing formula for the Federal Government’s 774,000 public work jobs will give governors, federal lawmakers, ministers and other category of people 40 percent of the slots, it was learnt at the weekend.

The Presidency, pandering to the lawmakers’ request has given the full responsibility of the picking beneficiaries of the 1,000 job slots per local government to the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), has been restricted to a supervisory role to prevent the hijack of the programme by politicians.

There are 774 local government councils recognized by the constitution.

The special public works job is for artisans, who will be deployed for assignment as may be decided. Each of the beneficiaries will get N20,000 monthly for the three-month duration.

The Federal Government has budgeted N52 billion for the scheme due to run from October till December.

Giving the breakdown of the allocation of slots, Director-General of NDE, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan, said the concessionary slots in each local government as follows: National Assembly members (150); Governors (100) and Ministers (50).

The remaining 100 slot in concession will be shared among traditional rulers, religious bodies, civil society groups, and unions such as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the  National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),  the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP).

He said the remaining 600 slots in each of the local government areas will be thrown open to the public.

Dr. Ladan added that the government will stick to the standards laid out whether the applicants are from the concessionary or the public list.

He said the government was determined to spread the job slots to the grassroots.

He said the plans of the government is to empower beneficiaries to set up their trade.

Ladan defended the concessionary list as part of steps to ensure that all segments of the society

“Let me put it this way. As far as we are concerned, we cannot go to a state and do a programme without carrying the state governor along. The same thing applies to others. This is a Federal Government project, we must definitely carry along the Senators, members of the House of Representatives, traditional rulers, religious leaders, interest groups like the NLC, NUJ, civil society groups, ASUP and others.

“If you put all these numbers, based on  the slots we want to give each group, we are only talking of 400 per local government. The remaining 600 is open  to all Nigerians. And once you are 18 years and above and unemployed, you are qualified to join this programme. Some degrees of disability can be allowed. That is why even some people with disability can be engaged in this programme.”

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