Keyamo sticks with original sharing formula for 774,000 jobs

Festus Keyamo

Minister of State for Labour and Productivity Festus Keyamo says the original formula for sharing the 774,000 jobs under the special public works (SPW) scheme remains unchanged.

Mr Keyamo told The Nation that the Federal Government would retain the original plan of conceding only 15 per cent of the job slots to governors, National Assembly members, ministers and other interest groups.

He spoke in response to claims by the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Nasir Ladan that the job sharing formula would accommodate more concessions.

“The report on the sharing formula must have been a misapprehension of the instructions I gave to them to implement,” said Keyamo.

“I did not give any instruction on 40 per cent rise for them to implement. We are sticking to the original formula of 15 per cent concession to political office holders.

“There may be a few adjustments here and there depending on local circumstances.”

The minister said he had not received instructions from his superiors to change the existing plan.

According to him, the ministry is working “harmoniously” with the NDE on the implementation of the scheme.

Keyamo added that the October 1 take-off date for the project is achievable.