The Federal Government’s Special Public Works Programme took off in Lagos State on Tuesday with the appointments of politicians, monarchs and the daughter of APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers into the recruitment committee.
Tinubu’s daughter and Iyaloja-General, Folasade Tinubu-Ojo and the NURTW boss, Musiliu Akinsanya a.k.a MC Oluomo are among the prominent members of the committee.
The 20-member committee will recruit the state’s 20,000 youths slot for the programme.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), who announced the appointments, named an APC chieftain, Alhaji Mutiu Are as the chairman while a former Lagos council boss, Mr Kayode Elesin as the vice-chairman.
He had on Tuesday alleged that politicians were trying to hijack the recruitment despite appointing politicians into some of the committee particularly in Lagos.
Keyamo had by virtual means on Monday inaugurated the 20-member committee each for the 36 states and the FCT saddled with the responsibility of recruiting 1,000 youths per local government area for the Special Public Works Programme.
Others members are the Commissioner for Works, Bamgbose Martins, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Alexander Bamgbola, Commissioner for Rural Development, Cornelius Ojelabi, APC Women leader in Lagos, Mrs Fadekemi Otitonaiye, former Chief Whip of the State House of Assembly, Omotayo Oduntan-Oyelodun and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s campaign team member, Wale Adelana.
Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi, Mrs. Modupe Ola, Ashiru Olakunle, Labrar Folami, Olufeko Adebowale, Serena Edward and Akanni Babatunde and three monarchs are also in the committee.
According to Keyamo, the programme will employ about 774, 000 youths for three months for sweeping the streets, clearing drainages, controlling traffic and patching roads among others.
The government has offered to pay each of them N20,000 per month.
Keyamo had earlier on Tuesday alleged that politicians were trying to hijack the recruitment.