Middle: Chief Edward Nkwegu, committee members in a group pix with selected beneficiaries of the FG’s Special Public Works Programme at the Leprosy Colony, Mile Four, Abakaliki
Chief Edward Nkwegu, Committee chairman of the Federal Government Special Public Works programme in Ebonyi says the programme was introduced by FG to lift active poor Nigerians from poverty.
Nkwegu stated this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Abakaliki after he led members of the committee to distribute the recruitment volunteers form to selected special centres in the state.
Among the special centres visited by the team include: Mile Four Leprosy Centre, Abakaliki, St Vincent DE Paul Old People and Destitute Home, Abakaliki, itenerant workers cluster, opposite, destitute Centre opposite St Theresa Catholic Church Abakaliki.
Other centres visited include; Special School for Blind, Deaf and Dumb at Effata in Nwofe, Izzi LGA among others.
He explained that the committee embarked on the action to ensure that the programme was extended to the active poor members of the society who were targeted by the initiative.
Nkwegu who dismissed insinuations that the programme was politically motivated noted that the works programme was aimed at providing jobs to itenerant, poor and vulnerable persons across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
“The programme has nothing to do with political inclination; I run an NGO that is committed to empowering the poor.
“Since 2005, Regina Pacis Foundation has been empowering the poor and needy through providing them with skill acquisition ; It is by special coincidence that FG appointed me to head the programme in Ebonyi,” Nkwegu said.
He added that the programme would empower 13,000 Ebonyi indigent persons chosen from the 13 LGAs state who would serve in different sectors of public work.
“The objective of this exercise is to recruit 1000 itenerant and poor workers from the rural heartlands across the 13 councils in Ebonyi; we are still at the recruitment stage of the exercise.
Selected beneficiaries of the FG’s Special Public Works Programme at St. Vincent de Paul Old People and Destitute Homes, Abakaliki.
“We are about rounding off the selection process so that we can forward lists of recruited volunteers; so, we are doing this to ensure that no segment of our population is left out,” he explained.
The Chairman said that Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi was given 40 slots in each of the 13 LGAs of the state, while senators and members of House of Representatives got 30 and 25 slots per LGA respectively.
He expressed confidence that the initiative introduced to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic induced economic hardship would be a huge success in the state.