Government to use BVN to pay applicants for 774,000 jobs nationwide

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The Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) will be used to pay all successful applicants for the 774,000 jobs slot under the Extended Special Public Works Programme.

According to the federal government, no payments will be made outside of BVN as all applicants will be paid only through their bank accounts.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, revealed during a recent joint media interaction in Abuja with Director General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Mr Nasir Ladan.

The Extended Special Public Works Programme is designed to employ 1,000 unskilled workers in each of the 774 Local Government Areas for road rehabilitation, construction, sanitation, among others.

Keyamo said that the government settled for the measure to entrench a system of transparency and to avoid double payments to applicants during the implementation.

He said that biometrics of successful applicants would be captured by the banks during the process.

According to him, arrangements with the banks will be concluded in the next few days to ensure that there is transparency in the process.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has given a clear directive for this programme to be totally free of fraud, everybody will be paid by a bank account and BVN.

“You must not only have a bank account you must have a BVN so you cannot be paid twice. You cannot open an account under two different names.

“Everybody’s biometrics will be taken by the banks to ensure that you don’t have two different accounts. Within the next few weeks, we will do that.

“We are going to conclude with the banks to ensure that we are transparent and the banks will tell Nigerians exactly how they want to go about this in all the local governments in the country,” he said.

Additional Report: News Agency of Nigeria

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