THE Ogun State Chairman of the Special Works Scheme of the Federal Government, Senator Gbenga Obadara, said there was no instruction yet to begin the programme in the state.
Obadara, who spoke with one of our correspondents on the phone, said the committee had not been asked to commence any work on the scheme.
The Chairman of the committee in the state, who was away in abroad as of the time of speaking, said he did not know what direction the scheme was taking.
He said, “There is no direction, no instruction yet. They are just running the adverts. How it is going to happen and when it is going to happen; I don’t know as the chairman.”
Reps keep mum as Keyamo starts scheme
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has refused to comment on the commencement of Federal Government’s Special Public Works Programme as it kicks off nationwide on Tuesday (today) against a resolution by the parliament to suspend it.
The House had particularly asked the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Festus Keyamo (SAN), to suspend the exercise indefinitely until all issues the National Assembly had against it were resolved.
On the contrary, Keyamo had via his Twitter handle on Sunday announced that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had approved the commencement of the initiative.
He tweeted, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the Special Public Works Programme (engaging 774,000 unemployed itinerant Nigerians) to begin nationwide on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021. All NDE state structures are already in top gear for the take-off.”
While N52bn was appropriated for the scheme, each of the 774,000 workers will earn N20,000 monthly for the three-month duration of the job, amounting to about N46.44bn.
When contacted on Monday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Benjamin Kalu, declined to speak on the development, despite the fact that lawmakers recently called for the suspension of the programme and reinstatement of Ladan.