By Chris Nyamtu – Lafia
Recruitment of 13, 000 unskilled youths and persons with disabilities into the Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government has commenced in the thirteen local government areas of Nasarawa State.
Radio Nigeria monitored the registration in three local government areas of the state and reports that Chairman of the state Selection Committee for the Special Public Works in the state Mr Kassim Muhammad pledged to ensure that only the intended beneficiaries were captured.
The registration of 13,000 unskilled youths and women in Nasarawa State was part of the 774,000 Nigerians to be recruited under the Federal Government’s Special Public Works Programme 2020.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria after monitoring the exercise in Akwanga, Nasarawa Eggon and Lafia local government areas of the state, Chairman of the Selection Committee in the state, Mr Kassim Muhammad said priority would be given to artisans,petty traders and persons with disabilities.
Mr Kassim Muhammad stressed that forms for the registration are free of charge, adding that two people had been arrested for duplicating the forms and sold to the public.
Some of the beneficiaries, Zainab Usman and John Maxwell described the programme as a big step towards improving their means of livelihood.
They called on the federal government to ensure sustainability of the programme.
Most of the beneficiaries who were selected for the registration include young girls hawking at the railway crossing in Gudi, peasant farmers in Mada Station Village, physically challenged beggars at the College of Agriculture Lafia main gate and some laborers at a construction site in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital.