By Raymond Osho
ABEOKUTA – The Federal Government on Monday, January 11, 2021 disclosed that the Ogun state government would get N1.2bn from its Extended Special Public Works Programme (SPW).
The Minister of Mine and Steel Development, Eng. Olamilekan Adegbite made the disclosure at the flag off of the 774,000 jobs in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
According to the Minister, N400 million will be paid monthly to beneficiaries of the scheme in the state, amounting to N1.2bn in three months, this he said would have a huge impact on local economy.
Adegbite said the programme was aimed at providing the necessary economic palliatives to the 20,000 unemployed youths selected across the 20 local governments of the state.
His words, “Through this programme, about N400 million will go into the economy of Ogun State every month for the next three months and that’s about N1.2 billion. That will mean a great impact on the local economy.”
The Minister added that “the programme was part of the Federal government efforts to mitigate the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown on the citizens and revive the country’s economic.
“President Muhammad Buhari, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic though of the best way to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown and series of programmes were put in place. This is just one of the programmes put in place to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.”
The State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun in his address stressed that the programme would compliment his administration’s job creation programmes which aims at reducing unemployed rate to the barest minimum in the state.
Abiodun who was represented by his Deputy, Eng. Noimot Salako-Oyedele stated that he had put a team of people in place to ensure proper monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
His words, “We have a team in place which has been working to make sure that the monitoring and evaluation is in place. It’s very important for our people to participate and participate well. We will try our best to make sure that our citizens do things well.
“This programme compliments our own job creation programme in Ogun State and as we all know, Youth employment as part of the agenda of our governor.
“We have beneficiaries, one thousand per Local Government. This programme compliments our own job creation programme in Ogun State and as we all know, Youth employment as part of the agenda of our governor.