President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the employment of 774,000 jobs for youths to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on Nigerians.
Each local government across the nation, he said will be allotted 1,000 slots to cushion the effects of economic hardship on Nigerians.
Buhari revealed these during his Democracy Day broadcast to Nigerians.
“These youths will probably be engaged in Special Public Works Programme aimed toward cushioning the consequences of financial downturn.
“Each of the 774 native authorities areas within the nation will probably be allotted 1,000 slots. I’m happy to report that this programme has commenced.”
On major infrastructural development across the nation, Buhari said: “On the 2nd Niger Bridge, piling work has been completed and the approach roads are being constructed. 48% of work on this bridge has been achieved.
“We have constructed 102km of the 376km Abuja – Kaduna – Kano Road, representing 38%, and the 42.9km Obajana – Kabba Road is 87.03% complete.
“The Central Ajaokuta – Itakpe – Warri Line has been completed and is being extended from Itakpe to Abuja on one end and from Warri Town to Warri Port on the other.
“The Lagos-Ibadan Rail Line is 90% completed and would be extended to the Lagos Port which would help address the long-standing grid-lock at the Apapa port.
“The Kano – Maradi Single Track Standard Gauge Railway, Coastal Railway Project and Port Harcourt – Maiduguri Standard Gauge Railway, with its associated branch lines running through the South Eastern and Gombe States, industrial park and Bonny Deep Sea Port are all ready for concessioning.”