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774,000 workers recruitment: Lawmakers and FG at loggerheads, Lawmakers dares Presidency

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The National Assembly on Wednesday, said it had has halted Federal Government’s plan for the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians under the Special Public Works Scheme.

The Spokesman for the Senate, Dr. Ajibola Bashiru, and his colleagues of the house of representatives, Benjamin Kalu, who made the declaration of the suspension, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari could challenge the lawmaker’s decision in court.

Bashiru read the statement during a press briefing he addressed to the lawmakers.

In a statement, the spokesman stated that lawmakers took the decision as a result of the disagreement between lawmakers and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo.

The lawmakers based their on the fact that the scheme was exclusively for the President.

They mentioned that it was a jointly perceived notion by the legislature and executive. They stated that such a scheme could not be kept in the dark over its implementation.

However, Keyamo said that the recruitment would not be halted as ordered by the National Assembly. He said the legislature have no right to issue orders to the executive.

A few months ago, the President had given his approval for the employment of 774,000 workers to reduce the effects of Covid19.

Based on the arrangements made, 1000 Nigerians will be earning N60,000 for three consecutive months, of which 1000 Nigerians per local government will be employed.

It stated that the program will commence by October this year.

Keyamo was kicked out of the National Assembly because he refused to apologise to lawmakers after lawmakers accused him of shouting against them.

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The National Assembly Joint Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, had called on the Minister and the Director General of the National Directorate of Employment, Mr Nasiru Argungu, to brief lawmakers on the recruitment process.

The problem started when lawmakers criticised Keyamo for allegedly carrying out a secret recruitment without involving the NDE, the agency that the approved N52 billion from the National Assembly to implement the programme.

The arrangement that came afterwards caused the shouting between Festus Keyamo and Federal law makers which later made the lawmakers to send Keyamo out of the meeting.

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