The Extended Special Public Works programme of the Federal government aimed at providing Seven Hundred and Seventy-four thousand jobs for the unemployed across the country has kicked off in Lagos.
The programme, aimed at addressing the mass unemployment in the country and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the masses is expected to provide necessary economic palliative to unemployed, especially the youths in the country.
In a message to the event, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the job creation initiative, said that the programme would complement the various job creation programmes already put in place by the state government to provide employments for Youths in Lagos state.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the event by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat urged the twenty thousand beneficiaries of the federal government’s Extended Special Public Works Initiative drawn from the twenty local government areas of Lagos State to utilize the opportunity effectively.
Also at the event, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said although the programme was expected to last for three months, youths that would participate in the programme would acquire relevant skills that could make them self-employed after the exercise.
He explained that each local government was expected to select development projects in its locality where the services of the beneficiaries of the federal government’s job creation programme would be needed.
Also, the Acting Director General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Malam Abubakar Fikpo, represented by a Director, Alhaja Adeola Shafaru, assured President Mohammadu Buhari that the directorate would ensure effective implementation of the job creation Programme.