…Modalities Not Yet Approved By President Buhari    

An advertorial that the Federal Government is currently recruiting 774,000 persons under the Special Public Works Programme, SPWP, circulating on the social media has been disowned by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The advertorial, entitled, “Application Opens For 774,000 Employment By FG: See Requirements, Salary And How To Apply,’’ on a fake website, has been described as a scam by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, who also advised Nigerians to disregard it.

Keyamo disclosed that the advertorial also stated stipends and commissions, requirements, how to apply, closing date, among others, adding, “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 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.’’

In a press statement, Keyamo promised that the public would be duly informed by the ministry when all the modalities for the recruitment have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He added, “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.”

He insisted that the programme would be “carefully planned and executed” to meet government’s target of empowering the largely unskilled labour in rural areas.

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