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Ebonyi pledges transparency in selection of 13,000 beneficiaries for federal jobs

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Chairman of Ebonyi State Extended Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government, Chief Edward Nkwegu, has declared that the committee will be transparent in selecting the 13,000 beneficiaries of the programme in the state.

Speaking with The Guardian in Abakaliki yesterday, he said the beneficiaries would be engaged in roads rehabilitation and social housing construction, urban and rural sanitation, health extension and other critical services.

He pointed out that his team would visit all the council areas of the state, noting that members of the committee were carefully selected and assured the people that the applications would be fairly treated.

“The 1000 persons to be recruited in each local government will be engaged by the Federal Government between October and December this year to carry out public works peculiar to each council area,” he said.

Nkwegu, a former Labour Party (LP) governorship aspirant and now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that the beneficiaries would be paid N60, 000 each for three months at N20, 000 monthly amounting to N780m.

“The Federal Government will not hesitate to remove and replace any member of the committee that does not observe guidelines or act in a way and manner that will undermine the programme.

“The beneficiaries will be engaged in road rehabilitation and social housing construction, urban and rural sanitation, health extension and other critical services. Depending on the success of the programme or funding from the Federal Government, the programme may either be extended or repeated every year,” he stated.

He explained that after the selection of the successful applicants, they would have to be captured by some selected banks, after which they would open their accounts with their Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs.) Nkwegu added that due process would be followed in the execution of the programme, because President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that everyone must be paid through their BVNs to eliminate fraud in the programme.


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