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774 , 000 Jobs : 4 PhD, 200 Masters Degrees Holders Apply For FG’s N20k Unskilled Job

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FG’s 774,000 unskilled N20,000 jobs: Four PhD, 200 master’s holders apply, Senate tackles Keyamo again on slots
The Senate berated the Minister of State for Employment, Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), again on Wednesday over the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians for the Federal Government’s Special Public Works programme.
Spokesperson for the Senate, Dr Ajibola Basiru, in an interview with described as false, a claim by the minister that each member of the National Assembly was given 30 slots in the ongoing nationwide public works recruitment.
As the Senate condemned Keyamo, the Ogun State Chairman of Special Public Works, Senator Gbenga Obadara, in an interview said four doctoral and 200 Master’s degree holders were among applicants in the state.
Recall that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had a few months ago, approved the employment of 774,000 workers as part of efforts to cushion the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the programme, Nigerians, who will be unskilled workers, will earn N20, 000 each on a monthly basis for three months.
At least, 1,000 workers will be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas of the country.
The programme ran into a hitch last month when the National Assembly and Keyamo disagreed over who should handle the recruitment.
The Senators had insisted that the programme should be handled by the National Directorate of Employment.
But following the President’s intervention, the crisis was resolved. Two weeks ago, the Chairman of the Extended Special Public Work Selection Committee in Rivers State, Dr Innocent Barikor, was quoted to have said that the minister had directed that every governor should be given 40 slots in each local government area, while each senator and House of Representatives member would enjoy 30 slots in their various council areas.
We didn’t beg for slots, we weren’t given any – Senate tells Keyamo
But Basiru, in the interview with the said there was no time the minister gave 30 slots to each member of the National Assembly.
He, therefore, warned Keyamo against using the programme to blackmail the lawmakers.
Basiru explained that the Red Chamber never approached Keyamo to negotiate for slots and that no such gesture had been received from him.
Basiru said, “We are not interested in how they are recruiting persons into the public works programme because it is not our project.
“We are not aware of any slot. We don’t want any slot. We did not ask for any slot and we were not given any slot.
“We will reject any blackmail from anybody. Nobody should use the issue of slots to blackmail us. We are not interested in the slots.
“We only hope that by the time we are doing oversight functions, they would have implemented the programme according to the budget.
“We reserve the right to exercise our own oversight functions and we just hope that it would be well implemented in the interest of Nigerians.”
Keyamo could not be reached for comment as he did not respond to calls for reaction to the allegations of blackmail.
He had yet to reply an SMS sent to his phone as of the time of filing this report.
But some state coordinators, who spoke to on Wednesday, said 30 slots were given to each of the National Assembly members.
Recall that the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives had on Tuesday rejected the slots allotted to each member of the House.
The Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, in a statement described the allotment of 30 out of the 1000 slots per local government to each member of the House as grossly unfair.
Reacting to the lawmakers’ complaints, Keyamo said the 30 slots given to each member of the National Assembly were just a privilege and not a right.
He also said it was irrelevant whether the federal lawmakers accepted the slots or not because their constituents would still be the beneficiaries.
He had said, “The question of slots to certain persons was never a question of a right or entitlement, it is just a privilege given to them to recommend persons within their constituencies.”
Sokoto takes forms to applicants’ homes
In Sokoto State, it was gathered that the committee had to take recruitment forms to applicants’ homes and persuade them to apply.
20,000 apply for Gombe’s 11,000 jobs
But the Gombe State Coordinator of National Directorate of Employment, Hassan Mustapha, in a chat with, said over 20,000 people had applied in the state.
Mustapha added that the state had 11,000 slots.
He said, “We are expecting 11,000, that is 1,000 per the 11 local government area, but over 20,000 have applied.”
Kano gets 44,000 slots
The Kano State selection committee has distributed forms for 44,000 slots given to the state to politicians, in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive.
A reliable source, who confided in The said, “The distribution of the 10 per cent of the 44,000 forms to politicians was concluded early this month.
Plateau job seekers allege secret recruitment
Some job seekers in Plateau State, in separate interviews in Jos, alleged that the recruitment was being done secretly in the state.

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Nigerians’ future at stake, warns Jega

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A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission , Prof Attahiru Jega , on Friday warned that Nigerians’ future was at stake due to misgovernance .
Jega , who stated this at the inauguration of the 34 – member Policy Advisory Committee of the People ’s Redemption Party in Abuja on Friday, asked Nigerians not to allow “ bad people” to continue to misgovern the country by contributing to the electoral process .
The committee is made up of Jega, Mr Richard Umoru , Prof Ifeanyi Anigbogu, Dr Aminu Aliyu, Mr Abdulkadir Isa , Prof Ahmadu Sanda , Hajiya Aishatu Dankani, among others.
The former INEC boss, who is a member of the committee , said , “ I believe that all Nigerians can no longer sit on the fence , as everybody needs to contribute to the cleansing of politics in Nigeria . There should be no fence – sitters ; our future is at stake . We cannot allow bad people to continue to misgovern us and continue to wreak havoc on our country and its future. ”
Jega said the committee was to prepare policy papers and frameworks that would make the PRP a strong political party that could win elections .
The party chairman, Mr Falalu Bello, earlier while inaugurating the committee, said its members were thoroughbred intellectuals drawn from different fields of expertise and experience .
He advised the members to consider the progressive provisions of Chapter two of the 1999 Constitution in carrying out their assignment .
“ Our party , the PRP , shall court the involvement and participation of intellectuals in the struggle for the material and social advancement of the masses of this country, ” he said .

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FG Develops Rapid Response Register For Poor Nigerians

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The Federal Government through the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office is developing a Rapid Response Register to scale up the enrollment of poor and vulnerable citizens in urban centres.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this in her remarks at the Open Government Partnership 2020 Virtual Leaders Summit Roundtable.
The theme of the roundtable was “Open Recovery: Tracking the trillions of dollars in stimulus and safety net packages.”
Ahmed said poor and the vulnerable Nigerians captured in the register would benefit from cash transfers to cushion the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement issued in Abuja by the minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Yunusa Abdullahi, stated that the event was to advance discourse and innovation around open response and open recovery measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The finance minister said data for the response register were being sourced through primary and secondary sources, including the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System and the National Communication Commission database on mobile phone users.
To ensure transparency and to mitigate corruption risks, she said that payments would be made directly to the accounts of the individuals using their bank verification numbers.
On the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ahmed said, “Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the leadership of Mr. President has been proactive, people-oriented and aimed at averting drastic economic decline and protecting our most vulnerable citizens.”
The minister told participants at the summit that the government amended the 2021-2023 Medium-Term Fiscal Framework and the 2020 Appropriation Act and introduced a fiscal stimulus package of N2.3tn (about US$5.9bn).
She said the government was also scaling up social safety nets, including cash transfers and school feeding programmes and was currently implementing a multisector economic sustainability plan.
Ahmed said, “To this end, in addition to existing OGP measures around budgeting, citizens engagement, open contracting, anti-corruption and others, we have introduced measures to sustainability enhanced fiscal prudence and transparency.
“This includes the establishment of a technology-enabled result-based performance management framework to track expenditures under the Economic Sustainability Plan.”
Commenting on the importance of targeted interventions, Ahmed stated that the COVID-19 pandemic had underscored the critical importance of targeted interventions that had built-in safeguards to ensure transparency, accountability, prevent corruption and ultimately strengthen the social contract between governments and citizens.

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Policeman Shoots 1 Dead, Injures 3 In Stampede For Sokoto Governor Tambuwal’s Cash

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A stampede for the monetary gift doled out by Governor Aminu Tambuwal in Sokoto on Friday has led to tragedy after a policeman shot dead one person.
The policeman also injured three others.
The shooter, a police sergeant, identified as Bello Garba, was promptly arrested by the Sokoto Police Command.
His victims have also been identified.
Bello killed 25-year-old Aminu Abdulrahman and injured Junaidu Abba, Babangida Muhammad and Awaisu Alti, during the incident at Sultan Bello Jumu’at mosque, in Sokoto..
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The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Sadiq, said all the victims were evacuated to Specialist Hospital Sokoto.
The injured will be treated, while an autopsy will be carried out on the dead.
Sadiq said victims were said to be sharing money doled out by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal after the Juma’at prayers to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary.
Sadiq said that the Sergeant, of Counter Terrorism Unit Base 18 Gusau, was attached to Government House Sokoto.
He said that “the policeman unprofessionally fired without reasonable justification at that material time.”
”The Sokoto State Police Command condemns in its entirety the unwarranted, uncivil and unprofessional conduct of a Police Sergeant on special duty in the state.
”Commissioner of Police. Mr Sani Kaoje had ordered the detention and trial of the erring officer and charged the state Criminal Investigation Department to speed up investigation and come up with objective findings,” Sadiq said.
He added that the commissioner also charged all officers and men of the Command to deploy professional acumen, including psychological capacity to enhance the safety of the people, and not to resort to using arms against the populace.
”The incident occurred at about 2:30pm, shortly after the special Juma’at prayers offered in commemoration of Nigeria’s forthcoming 60th independence anniversary at Sultan Bello Juma’at Mosque.
”The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal while magnanimously giving out gifts to the needy, a brief distribution which gave birth to an upsurge in would-be beneficiaries.
“However, in an unconventional effort to control the crowd after the departure of the governor the policeman fired the shot,” Sadiq added.

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