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COVID-19: FG to Share 150 Trucks of Rice, engages 774,000

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Federal government has decided to engage 774,000 Nigerians on special public works programme implemented by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

This was made known by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed while rolling out government stimulus package for Nigerians against Coronavirus Pandemic.

This, she said, would translate to 1,000 people from the 774 local governments in the country.

“Mr President has now approved that this programme is extended to all 36 states and the FCT from October 2020 to December 2020. The selected timeframe is to ensure that the programme is implemented after the planting season is over, and it will result in the employment of about 774,000 Nigerians (that is, 1,000 people per each local government). N60 billion in allowances and operational costs have been earmarked from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund for this initiative,” she said.

Also, 150 Trucks of Rice sized by Nigerian Customs will be shared across the country by the federal government.

To solve the imminent risk posed to food security, she said the president has “approved grains from strategic grain reserves. The Nigerian Customs had in its custody a lot of rice that have been seized. There are 150 trucks of rice that are now handed over to the humanitarian ministry for distribution to the states across the federation”.

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