President Buhari approves funds for beneficiaries of 774,000 jobs programme

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the release of funds for the payment of 774,000 beneficiaries of the special public works programme, as claimed by the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo.


According to the report by the minister, the president has also directed the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to commence the payment.

He wrote: 

“President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously directed a release of the funds for the payment of stipends to the 774,000 participants of the SPW programme. I have consequently directed the NDE to begin processing the payments and participants should begin to receive payments soon.
“In order to eliminate fraud and/or double payments, I have also directed that every payment to participants should be made using the BVN of their accounts so we can have an audit trail of every single payment. Those who registered with different names shouldn’t expect payments.”

Do recall that the federal government kicked off the programme in July 2020, just after its approval by the President. 

This programme is part of the fiscal stimulus measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic put in place by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

A total of 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 LGAs were targeted for the programme.
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