According to a report by The PUNCH, 4 PhD holders, 200 master’s degree holders have applied for the Federal Government’s unskilled job offer targeting 774,000 Nigerians under the Special Public Works programme overseen by the Minister of State for Employment, Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN).
Under this programme, 774,000 Nigerians, 1,000 people from each of the 774 local government areas of the country, who are expected to be unskilled workers will earn N20, 000 each on a monthly basis for three months.
However, during an interview with The PUNCH, the Ogun State Chairman of Special Public Works, Senator Gbenga Obadara, said four doctoral and 200 Master’s degree holders were among 20,000 applicants in the state.
While answering a question from one of the interviewers, Senator Gbenga Obadara said; “Four PhD and 200 master’s degree holders have applied.”
“Poverty is ravaging. Unemployment is extremely on the high rise. People with master’s degrees and even PhD degrees are applying for 20,000 jobs. That is the problem. It cannot cover everybody. We cannot blame the Federal Government.” he added.
Obadara said the committee started distribution of forms four weeks ago and that almost 20,000 persons from 20 local government areas had obtained the forms.