The Special Assistant on Media to the minister, Mr Austine Elemue recently revealed this via a statement in Abuja.
According to Aliyu, Buhari deserves praise for initiating the Extended Special Public Works Programme aimed at addressing mass unemployment in the country.
Ramatu added that the interventionist programme, approved in October 2019 was specifically for 1,000 persons each from the 774 Local Government Areas of the country for temporary employment during the dry season, and it has worked wonders.
The statement read, “These types of programmes were used during the Great Depression by industrialised nations to immediately respond to grinding poverty at the lowest level of the society that normally bear the brunt of such economic upheavals.”
“The programme was also effectively used during Colonial Africa to quickly respond to situations such as drought and famine by mobilising the unskilled persons to engage in other labour intensive infrastructural projects as a means of immediately alleviating their situation.”
“The programme is not entirely new to Nigeria as the National Directorate of Employment in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO) first introduced it in the mid 90s.
“Even though, the ILO itself derived the idea of Special Public Works programme from several historical templates.”
“Let me add that although the programme is not entire new, but what is novel is the fact that this is the first time Nigerian government is focusing on unskilled workers.
“Before now, the emphasis has been on unemployed graduates and skilled workers.”
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