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774,000 jobs: Keyamo defies NASS Panel, orders Public Works Selection Committees to Proceed

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), on Tuesday directed that the selection committee on 774,000 jobs should continue its work, adding that only the President can stop them under the law.

The Joint Committees of National Assembly on Labour, Employment and Productivity had purportedly suspended the work of the Selection Committees nationwide until they decide how the programme should be run and who should be in the committees.

Keyamo had however argued that this action is tantamount to challenging the powers of the President as their powers under Section 88 of the 1999 constitution is only limited to investigations and not to give any directive to the executive.

According to the minister, “committee or committees of both Houses do not even have powers to pass binding resolutions. They can only make recommendations to plenary. In this case, even plenary cannot give directives to the executive.

“All my life, I have fought for good governance and constitutional democracy. I will not come into government and be intimidated to abandon those principles. I will rather leave this assignment if Mr. President so directs than compromise the jobs meant for ordinary Nigerians who have no godfathers or who are not affiliated to any political party.

“I, therefore, respectfully further direct all the Committees set up nationwide made up of CAN, NSCIA, NURTW, market women, CSOS, youth organisations, respected traditional rulers, etc to proceed with their work unhindered. Only Mr. President can stop their work,” Keyamo stated.

Keyamo had appeared before the Joint Committees on Labour of both the Senate and the House of Representatives in obedience to their invitation that he should appear to brief them on how far his ministry had gone the implementation of the Special Public Works Programme on the selection process of 774,000 jobs.

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