Written by Chuks NZEH

774,000 jobs: Communities will get facelift, says NDE boss

The Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu, has said that communities in Nigeria will get facelift due to the engagement of the 774,000 people to do public works.

He made this known recently while addressing stakeholders during the flag-off of the Extended Special Public Works programme, where he noted that the programme has been designed as tools to touch the lives of about 774.000 unemployed Nigerians across Nigeria in the next three months.

Nuhu said, “due to the 774,000, job our communities will receive a facelift though the activities of the participants as they will engage in various community/environment-specific public works activities ranging from drainage, clearing and maintenance, vegetation control, feeder roads maintenance, irrigation, great green wall and orchard maintenance among others”.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, during the flag off the programme, said it has the potentials of providing the necessary economic palliatives to the 774,000 unemployed youths.

Keyamo, said "In addition, the government, and the organised private sector may in due course create/provide exit options".

He said, "it is also aimed at shielding the most vulnerable from the ravaging effects of COVID-19 pandemic which include, but are not limited to, pervasive hunger, poverty environmental degradation, and joblessness.

"The need to quickly address the above mentioned informed the decision to implement the ESPW. Our target is to immediately engage the 774,000 selected unemployed Nigerians for the programme to execute carefully selected projects across the 774 local government areas in the country."



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