By Bashir Bello
The House of Representatives has passed a resolution to institute an inquiry in the 774,000 special public works programme of the federal government.
Hon. Gudaje kazaure, member representing Jigawa moved the motion that the lower chamber should investigate why the scheme has not taken off Inspite of the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari and the budgetary allocation for the projects.
Gudaje who was speaking to Journalists on Tuesday in his office at the National Assembly, said that if the scheme has taken off, at least 1000 youths from each of the 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria would have been employed and that would have reduced the rate of crime in the country.
He therefore asked the House to mandate the committee on appropriations to allocate money to the scheme and asked the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Students Affairs, Nasir Adhama, to brief the House on the matter.
“About N52 billion was allocated for the Special Public Works Programme in the 2020 budget. It is aimed at employing 774,000 citizens, about 1000 from each of the 774 local government areas in the country”
“However, as we speak, nothing has been done. If the project has taken off, youths would be employed in scheme barbing saloon, fast food restaurant, and many worth while ventures, he added.