The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Monday, in Osogbo, flagged off the Special Public Works Programme targeted at employing 774,000 unemployed youth across the country.
The Minister of State of Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, in Osogbo, the capital of the State of Osun, said the programme is designed to provide the necessary economic palliatives to the 774,000 unemployed youths selected across the local governments of the federation, including the FCT.
According to the Minister, “the program is aimed to reduce idleness and extreme poverty among young ones. The program which will run for 3 months is expected to lift the vulnerable ones out of poverty, engage the youths, and curb restiveness amongst youths.
The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, commended the Federal Government of Nigeria for ensuring that unemployment is drastically reduced in the country.
Dignitaries at the event includes; the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, represented by Hon. Kunle Ige, the Speaker State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, represented by the member representing Olorunda state constituency, Hon. Kunle Akande amongst others.