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In a bid to curb the high rate of unemployment in the country , the Federal Government has rolled out a scheme which will see unemployed youths in rural areas earning N 20 ,000 per month.

The youths will be engaged in the clearing of drainages , sweeping markets , road maintenance, traffic control , and cleaning of public infrastructures like health centres and schools .

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment , Mr Festus Keyamo ( SAN ) , said this at a news conference on Thursday .
Keyamo said the scheme targeted 1 ,000 youths each from the 774 local governments across the country .

The minister said the programme is one of the biggest social intervention schemes to be carried out within a short period of time by any government in the history of Nigeria .
The Preports that the scheme, known as the Special Public Works Programme in the Rural Areas , is domiciled in the National Directorate of Employment for implementation and is expected to take off in October.

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The minister ’s speech read in part, “The pilot programme earlier approved by Mr . President was designed to mitigate lack of job opportunities in the rural areas through a short -term engagement of 1 ,000 unemployed persons per local government area for a period of three months .

It is a dry season / off- season transient job programme and was originally designed for the rehabilitation /maintenance of public and social infrastructure . Participants were to be paid an allowance of N 20 ,000 monthly and were to be recruited largely from the pool of unskilled persons resident in those rural areas .

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