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Senators walk Keyamo out of meeting over 774,000 jobs



The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, leaves a meeting with members of the Senate and House Joint Committee on Labour at the National Assembly in Abuja on June 30, 2020.

The meeting which did not end up well, became rowdy as some senators walked the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, out of a meeting over some controversies.

The minister attended the meeting on request of the lawmakers to explain the selection and recruitment process of the 774,000 Nigerians under the Special Public Works Programme, initiated by the Federal Government under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

 The meeting was attended by members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour who sought to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.

However, argument erupted between committee members and Keyamo over who should helm the programme which was to be domiciled under the NDE. Channels tv reported.

As the rowdy session ensued, the committee decided to go into a closed-door session to discuss the matter, but the minister refused, insisting that further discussions be held in the presence of journalists.

This enraged the lawmakers who told Keyamo to apologise to the committee, but he ignored them.

Thereafter, the minister was asked to leave the meeting since he refused to apologise to the committee members.

The lawmakers claimed that Keyamo has no right to direct the committee on how to conduct its proceedings.

This comes a day after the minister inaugurated a 20-man committee in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by virtual means.

According to him, 1,000 persons would be selected from each of the 774 local government areas in the country to be engaged by the government in the Special Public Works Programme.