House of Reps to Probe Failure of Federal Government’s Public Works Scheme
The House of Representatives on Wednesday at plenary, directed its Committees on Youths, Labour, Finance and Appropriations to investigate the alleged failure of the Special Public Works Scheme introduced by the Federal Government to engage 774, 000 youths.
This was sequel to a motion moved by Gudaji Kazaure, which was titled ‘Call to investigate the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme.’
The House mandated its committee to probe into the “non-implementation of the scheme and report back within two weeks for further legislative action,” and to capture the scheme in the 2022 budget estimates.
In 2020, the National Assembly had disagreed with the Minister of State for Labor, Employment and Productivity over the scheme.
Members of the joint committee constituted by the Senate and the House of representatives had called for the minister and the then Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, Nasiru Argungu to brief them on steps they has taken so far to recruit 774,000 persons across the country.
In 2020, the Federal Government disclosed plan to temporarily employ 774, 000 youths across the 774 local Governments areas in the country, to work as public workers to curtain the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of three months.
The initiative known as the Special Public Works (SPW) would target rural communities and will be funded from the N60bn COVID- 19 Intervention Fund and will last from October to December 2020, according to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.