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NASS suspends Buhari’s 774k recruitment by Keyamo


The National Assembly (NASS) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the implementation of the plan to recruit 774,000 Nigerians for Special Public Works across the country.

Both chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives reached the position following the shouting match on Tuesday.

An interactive session was organized by NASS Joint Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity and the Minister for State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN.

Disagreement thereafter ensued between the joint committee Keyamo leading to the shouting match.

The Committee has disagreed with Keyamo over the modalities for appointing the 20-member Selection Committee for the programme.

Keyamo, on his part, argued that the National Assembly cannot direct him on what to do concerning the recruitment.

The Minister rejected the lawmakers decision to quiz him behind closed doors because of the need to ensure transparency and accountability.

Meanwhile, the Senate, on Wednesday, held an executive session over the fiasco between the Minister and the lawmakers.

During the closed session, the NASS lawmakers expressed shock at the behaviour of Keyamo.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru and his House of Representatives counterpart, Hon. Benjamin Kalu issued a statement after the meetig.

He insisted that the implementation of the programme must be put on hold until its modalities are explained to the National Assembly.

In the statement, the Senate Committee asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the recruitment exercise.

They expressed dissatisfaction over the exercise and its mode of implementation.

It could be recalled that Keyamo, on Monday accused some political leaders in the country of trying to blackmail him.

He said they are blackmail him into surrendering the innovative public works job creation programme meant to create the 774,000 unskilled jobs.

Keyamo said this at the inauguration of the state selection committees of the federal government’s public works programme.

He, however vowed that only the President who appointed him can stop him from piloting the programme to a successful conclusion.

Keyamo warned the state chairmen not to compromise on the objective of the initiative to give the opportunity to the people.

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