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National Assembly suspends planned 774,000 jobs for Nigerians

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The National Assembly has announced the suspension of the Special Public Works programme that will employ 774,000 Nigerians, under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

The decision, was taken by both chambers of the National Assembly followed a disagreement between the National Assembly Joint Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on Tuesday over the selection of the 20-man committee that will supervise the recruitment process.

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Keyamo, who had appeared at an interactive session organised by the joint committee, opposed a resolution of the committee to resolve into a closed door session.

The Senate members who felt offended, accused Kayamo of trying to dictate their proceedings to them and demanded an apology from the minister.

Keyamo, who refused to apologise to the lawmakers, was walked out of the session.

The National Assembly, in a joint statement Wednesday signed by spokespersons for both chambers of the National Assembly, Senator Ajibola Basiru and Hon. Benjamin O. Kalu, invite the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, for explanations.

The lawmakers further stated that it is their constitutional rights to checkmate the selection and proper implementation of the engagement of the 774,000 public works workers to be recruited by the federal government.

The statement reads, “Implementation of the 774,000 public works to be put on hold until implementation modalities explained to NASS.

“The National Assembly is concerned about the proper and effective implementation of the engagement of 774,000 public works workers and wishes to restate its commitment to its success.

“Accordingly, the National Assembly reminds members of the public that the legislature was part of the conception of the programme, approved it and appropriated funds for its implementation as part of the COVID 19 response strategy.

“The National Assembly, in line with its constitutional oversight function, has mandated its committees on labour and productivity to immediately invite the Hon. Minister for Labour and Productivity and any other relevant officials of the ministry to appear before the joint committee to brief it on the modality for the implementation of the engagement of 774,000 persons for public works.”

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