The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed a release of funds for the payment of stipends to the 774,000 participants of the Special Public Works (SPW) programme.
He also warned those who registered with different names not to expect any payments.
Keyamo made the announcement in a tweet via his official Twitter handle on Saturday.
According to him, he has directed the NDE to begin processing the payments, and participants should begin to receive payments.
“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.
“In order to eliminate fraud and/or double payments, I have also directed that every payment to participants 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,” Keyamo’s tweet read.
DAILY POST recalls that the SPW programme was planned to employ 1,000 Nigerians from every of the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
The initiative ran into delays following the power play between Keyamo and the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu, who was sacked last year’s December.
Every one of the 774,000 workers will get N20,000 monthly for three months duration of the job.