The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the engagement of 774 thousand Nigerians on Special Public Works Program in the country to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
Mrs Ahmed disclosed this at a press conference on fiscal stimulus measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic and oil prices fiscal shock held in Abuja.
She explained that 1,000 people were expected to be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country.
According to her, the sum of 60 billion naira for allowances and operational cost has been earmarked from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund for the initiative.
She disclosed that President Buhari had previously approved a pilot special public works program in eight states to be implemented by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE. She added that Buhari had now approved that this program be extended to all 36 States and the FCT from October to December 2020 and the selected time-frame was to ensure that it was implemented after the planting season.