Members of the Federal Government’s Special Public Works (SPW) program are protesting over three months’ unpaid salaries.
The SPW which kicked off in January is a program organized by the government for the purpose of providing jobs to mainly artisans to earn N20,000 monthly doing public works. One thousand youths were employed from each of the 774 local government areas making it 774, 000 workers yet to receive payment.
President Muhammadu Buhari directed the release of funds on March 20 to Federal Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo who in turn directed the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), the agency in control of the program to start the process of payment.
Keyamo assured the participants that they would soon receive alerts of payment through his twitter handle. Some of the participants took to his twitter to complain and vent their frustrations as even after 20 days, their salaries have not been paid.