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COVID-19: FG Gives Update On Recruitment Of 774,000 Nigerians

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The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to disregard fake web portals advertising recruitment of Nigerians into the Special Public Works Programme.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had announced on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the employment of 774,000 Nigerians into the programme.

She said the decision to employ more Nigerians into the programme is to cushion the effect o the coronavirus pandemic.

However, different messages have been circulating on social media on how interested applicants could be part of the programme.

But in a statement on Friday, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, said the websites advertising the jobs are fake, noting that the government is still working on modalities for the scheme.

“My attention has been drawn to a certain advertorial circulating on Social Media tilted ‘Application Opens For 774,000 Employment By FG: See Requirements, Salary And How To Apply’,” Keyamo said.

“As the Supervising Minister over the National Directorate of Employment in which the Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government is domiciled, and having conferred with the Director-General, Dr. Nasiru Ladan Mohammed Argungu, we wish to alert members of the public that the said advertorial or anything of such presently circulating is fake and should be disregarded.

“I have just finished consultation with the Hon. Minister of Finance and we are presently working out how the scope of the program would be expanded and executed with other relevant Ministries and stakeholders across the country.

“The public would be duly informed by this office when all the modalities have been graciously approved by Mr. President.

“We are also informed of instructions by certain persons going round in some States to the effect that names of those to be employed under the program should be compiled. We also urge these people not to embark on an exercise in futility as the guidelines for such recruitment and those to be involved have not been released by the agency.”

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