Buhari ‘Clashes’ With National Assembly, Orders Keyamo To Proceed With Recruitment Of 774,000 Nigerians


Buhari ‘Clashes’ With National Assembly, Orders Keyamo To Proceed With Recruitment Of 774,000 Nigerians

It is known that President Muhammadu Buhari took measures contrary to the National Assembly ‘s stance on the proposed recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians, when he directed Festus Keyamo to continue with the recruitment exercise.

The 774,000 Nigerians are to be recruited under the federal government’s special public works programme.

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Sportywap News, however, recalls that the National Assembly ordered the procedure to be put on hold after a dispute with Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State for Labor and Jobs.

The lawmakers had indicated that Keyamo did not follow due process in his recruitment exercise plans, thus, the process would begin again, although Keyamo himself said the lawmakers were attempting to hijack the process, adding that no one could stop him but President Buhari.

This led to a war of words between the two parties at the meeting.

Hours after the clash, Labor and Jobs Minister Dr Chris Ngige pled with the National Assembly about his latest confrontation with Labor Minister Festus Keyamo (SAN) and apologised on his behalf.

However, the president of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, insisted the recruitment system had to start new.

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He also maintained that it was within the rights of lawmakers to demand and know the processes for implementing the programme.

Lawan vowed to resist any attempt of the Ministry of Employment Labour and Productivity to hijack the recruitment exercise.

The search has to be carried out by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), according to the senate president.

The Cable on Tuesday, however, citing senior presidential sources claims that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the green light to Festus Keyamo to begin the recruitment process.

The President is understood to have been angry with the position of the lawmakers after he was briefed on Monday by Keyamo.

Buhari is reported to have noted that the action by the lawmakers contradicts the principle of separation of powers and an attempt to meddle in the activities of the executive arm of government.

He thereafter asked the minister to proceed with the execution of the programme and to ensure it is conducted ”strictly according to existing laws”.

He also asked the director-general of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to halt any alternative plan on the programme with the national assembly committee.

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Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), has also written to the national assembly asking it to stay within the limit of its statutory responsibilities, Sportywap understands.

President Buhari had approved the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians (1,000 from each local government) for the Special Public Works programme in the country as part of efforts to cushion the economic effects of the global coronavirus pandemic on citizens.

Each of the successful persons is expected to be paid the sum of N20,000 for the three months duration of the scheme.

They are expected to carry out public services such as street sweeping, waste disposal, etc.

It is to be recalled that Keyamo had vowed earlier not to allow politicians to hijack the recruitment process. He said he would resign his position as a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria, rather than allowing them to hijack the operation.

Keyamo had inaugurated committees in each state composed of 20 people who will be responsible for engaging 774,000 citizens in the special works programme.


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