The Ministry of Labour and Employment and the National Population Commission NPC, have agreed to partner on the Special Public Works Initiative.
The aim is to engage the youthful population in Nigeria for Sustainable National Development.
Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo disclosed this while responding to a request by the Chairman of National Population Commission, Dr. Tayo Oyetunji, for the engagement of participants of the Public Works Programme as Notifiers of the Commission.
Keyamo said the request was in tandem with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari for collaboration of the programme with relevant Government agencies with local content input.
The Chairman of the National Population Commission, Dr. Tayo Oyetunji who was on a courtesy call to the Minister, said the commission was seeking the assistance of the Minister for the posting of some of those to be engaged in the Special Public Works Programme to serve as Notifiers under the Civil Registration Programme in their respective local government Areas.
He said the National Population Commission has the constitutional mandate to establish and maintain a universal birth and death registration programme throughout the country.
“The National Population Commission has the constitutional mandate to establish and maintain a universal birth and death registration programme throughout the country.
“In line with its mandate, the Commission has established not less than five registration centers each in the 774 Local Government Areas of the country. These centers are responsible for registering births and deaths within their domain”, the NPC Director General said.
He then requested the approval of the Minister for the posting of at least ten persons to each of the LGA Offices of the Commission to serve as Notifiers under the birth and death registration programme for the duration of the Special Public Works Programme.
According to him, the initiative was in tandem with the Nigeria Road Map on Harnessing Demographic Dividend, through investment in youths which was launched by the Vice-President on 7th July 2017.
“Just like the Special Public Works in Rural Area Programme, the initiative for harnessing the demographic dividend which is being coordinated by the Commission is also aimed at investing in and engaging the teeming youthful population for sustainable National development” he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister has approved the request by the Director General and promised that the names of Selection Committee Members with the responsibility of screening participants across the Local Government Areas will soon be released.
Source: Voice of Nigeria