by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The federal government has inaugurated a State Selection Committee for each state in Nigeria, including the FCT, the aim of which is principally to recruit one thousand (1,000) “itinerant unskilled workers” in all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
This makes a total number of 774,000 Nigerians that are expected to be recruited for the programme.
In line with this, therefore, Plateau State shall recruit 17,000 of its itinerant unskilled workers; that is, 1,000 per each local government.
Chairman for Federal Government Public Works Selection Committee in Plateau State, Hon. Rufus Bature, disclosed this on Tuesday, while briefing newsmen in Jos, shortly after their meeting with the committee.
He said, the decision was made by an inter-ministerial committee at the national level, headed by Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
He revealed that, “The committee is saddled with the responsibility of identifying and recruiting those to be engaged under the programme, and is to identify public works to be executed in each of the 17 local government areas of the state.
“This would be in addition to the projects already identified by the Federal Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals in different localities across the state,” he noted.
He explained that, while selecting the 1,000 in each local government area, they shall set aside 200 un-employed graduates that might be deployed to various MDAs.
He also noted that, “Women would be allowed 35 percent of slots, while people with disabilities would have 10 percent. The composition of this committee is multi-sectoral and local enough to balance all the competition interests in the state and is to make the exercise credible.”
Hon. Bature said, the committee has one representatives of the governor, Traditional Rulers for the three Senatorial Districts of the State, Market Women leader, CAN Chairman, JNI Chairman, NURTW Chairman, 6 representatives from 3 recognized youth organizations, 2 from each senatorial zone – one male and one female.
Others include, one representative of the Civil Society Organization (CSO), 2 representatives from Institutions, Stakeholders representing special interests to the state.
He narrated that, the 17,000 recruits will be engaged by the federal government between October and December, 2020, to carry out public works that are peculiar to each local government area, and would be paid N20,000.00 per month.
According to him, “The program may be extended or repeated every year, and there may be some exit strategies for this programme, one which is to move these workers to some agricultural projects.
“We shall also distribute forms that will be filled by identified recruits, and the forms are free and should not be sold as indicated in the form. Each local government has its code and all the state wards have also been identified.
“All the state wards have been allocated at least 50 slots, depending on the number of wards in the local government, which will bring 3 people from each of the polling units, who would be beneficiaries of the programme,” he explained.
Hon. Rufus Bature disclosed that, “The forms are to be distributed to every plateau person, who qualified, irrespective of political differences and religious affiliation.”