In an effort to reduce the rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria, the Federal Government is on course to initiate a program which will see youth in rural areas earn as much as N20,000 naira monthly.
The youths will be task with cleaning market places, clearing of drainages, cleaning of public infrastructure like schools and clinics, road maintenance and traffic control.
The Minister of labour and employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), mentioned this at a press conference on Thursday.
According to Keyamo, the program looks to capture 1,000 youths from the 774 local government in Nigeria.
The minister said that the social program is one of the biggest social intervention programs to be initiated within a short period of time in the history of Nigeria.
The special public works program in the Rural Area as it is called is set to begin by October.
The minister said that the program as approved earlier by the president, was initiated to solve the problem of unemployment in the rural areas which is a short term plan.
The scheme was originally created for the maintenance and rehabilitation of social and public infrastructure. Their paid allowance is to be N20,000 monthly and unskilled workers will be selected and would be residents in rural areas.
The minister said that there would be a careful selection process that would be followed and a technique will be used, in which banks will be selected to register and collate the data of those that will benefit from the scheme.
The Central Bank of Nigeria will make direct payments to the accounts of the beneficiaries.