FG Okays N20,000 Allowance For Unemployed Youths

Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State for Labour and Employment has said that the Federal Government has agreed to pay the sum of twenty thousand naira, (20,000), to unemployed youths, for three months, to maintain public and social infrastructures in the country.

Disclosing this at a news conference, Keyamo opined that thee pilot programme earlier approved by Mr. President was designed to mitigate lack of job opportunities in the rural areas through a short-term engagement of 1,000 unemployed persons per local government area for a period of three months.

Speaking further about the job, he said it is a dry season/off-season transient job programme and was originally designed for the rehabilitation/maintenance of public and social infrastructure.

He as well disclosed that participants would to be paid an allowance of N20,000 monthly and would to be recruited largely from the pool of unskilled persons resident in those rural areas.

The minister said he has been asked why there is no registration portal for the said job and he responded that the real targets for these jobs are mostly unskilled rural workers who may not be literate enough and who can’t have access to any portal.

Mr. Keyamo concluded that though the process might not be online that won’t give room for transparency to be compromised.

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