President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to pay N60,000 stipend to participants of the Special Public Works programme of the federal government.
Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, disclosed this on Saturday on his Twitter handle @fkeyamo, saying he had consequently directed the NDE to begin processing of the payments.
The programme was designed to employ 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 local government areas in the country.
It was initially scheduled for launch on October 1, 2020 but faced administrative delays.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously directed a release of the funds for the payment of stipends to the 774,000 participants of the SPW programme.
“I have consequently directed the NDE to begin processing the payments and participants should begin to receive payments soon.
“In order to eliminate fraud and/or double payments, I have also directed that every payment to participants should be made using the BVN of their accounts so we can have an audit trail of every single payment. Those who registered with different names shouldn’t expect payments,” Mr Keyamo tweeted.