FG would soon start making payments to Nigerians who were employed under the  (SPWP). The seven hundred and seventy-four thousand (774,000) participants of the Special Public Works (SPW) programme are to get their stipends soon after the Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Olorogun Festus Keyamo, SAN stated this today.


The minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo, annouced the elated news to Nigerians having met with President Muhammadu Buhari. He disclosed this on his social media handle on Saturday, March 20, that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the release of the funds for the payment of stipends to the beneficiaries of the programme.


In a statement, Olorogun Festus Keyamo, SAN said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has graciously directed a release of the funds for the payment of stipends to the 774,000 participants of the SPW programme.”


“I have consequently directed the NDE to begin processing the payments and participants should begin to receive payments soon.”


The Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment further directed that each participant must be paid through their BVN clarified account for easy audit trail, accountability and those who have registered with fictitious names will not get dime.


Keyamo further stated that he has asked the National Directorate Of Employment (NDE) to start crediting the accounts of those listed in the scheme.


“In order to eliminate fraud and/or double payments, I have also directed that every payment to participants should be made using the BVN of their accounts so we can have an audit trail of every single payment. Those who registered with different names shouldn’t expect payments”, Keyamo concluded.


The SPW is a programme initiated by the federal government under the Ministry of Labour and Employment to help curb the menace of unemployment among Nigerian youths. This programme is also aimed at maintaining critical public and social infrastructure while lending supports to the three tiers of government in the area of sanitization.


The minister explained that the participants will be paid using their Bank Verification Number (BVN) in order to prevent fraud or double payments.


He, however, warned that candidates who registered with different names different from those used on their bank accounts should not expect payments.


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