Written by Sarah NEGEDU

AMAC assures efficient execution of special public works projects

Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Abdullahi Candido, has assured of efficient execution of identified community projects in the ongoing implementation of the federal government Special Public Works, SPW, programme.

Candido, who made the promise during the flag off of the programme in the council, thanked President Muhammad Buhari, for the initiative targeted at providing employment for vulnerable youth and women across the 774 Local government areas of the Country.

The AMAC chairman, who spoke through his Special Adviser on political matters, Aminu Abubakar, revealed that the Council identified Traffic controls, street sweeping and other community services for 1,000 participants made up of youth and women drawn from the 12 wards of the Council.

He enjoined participants of the SPW programme to utilize the opportunity and see it as a great chance for service to nation and to humanity.

“We will ensure that the identified community projects are being executed. We hope more programme targeted at providing employment for the youth and women would come up more, so that it would help reduce the issue of lack of employment especially among these people in the issue.”

Also speaking, the coordinator of National Directorate of Employment, Hassan Isa, said the 1,000 participants divided across the 12 wards are equipped with relevant implements needed to execute the projects.

He disclosed that the distribution of reflective jackets and personal protective equipment including facemasks and hand sanitizers, added that each of the participants will be paid a N20,000 monthly stipend for the three months period of the programme.

According to him, “Local government chairmen are supposed to identify projects for the programme. The identified projects here in AMAC are traffic control, street sweeping, ticketing in the markets and so on. But most of the projects are supposed to be physical public works projects.

“They would resume work every day for thirty days within the three months’ period of the programme. We have monitoring officer in the National Directorate of Employment who are desk officers in each of the wards. The implements we keep some of them in the local government secretariat and some in the Chief palaces.”

The participants in the SPW programme were classified into different categories of works which includes road traffic, environmental sanitation/cleanness, agricultural activities amongst others.



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