5,000 youth, women kick off public works programme in Borno

About 5,000 unemployed youth and women from five local government areas (LGA) in Borno State have kicked off the extended special public works programme (ESPWs) of the federal government in the state.

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri, disclosed this on Thursday at the official flag off of the programme in Maiduguri.

One thousand people will ultimately be picked from each of the 27 LGAs of the state when the programme fully comes on stream.

“The federal government implemented the pilot Special Public Programme in the rural areas of eight selected states which included Borno State, the pilot programme engaged 5,000 unemployed persons; 1,000 per LGA in five LGAs of the state as pilot scheme,” Mr Shehuri said.

According to the minister, the programme will create 774,000 jobs for unemployed Nigerian youth and women with the recruitment of 1,000 per every LGA in the country.

The beneficiaries will be engaged in various works in their respective communities.

“The initiative is aimed at cushioning the economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, create jobs and promote the maintenance of critical infrastructure at the…

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