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Suspend Plan To Recruit 774,000 Nigerians – National Assembly And Senate Urges Buhari


Nigeria's Senate and the House of Representatives yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the implementation of the plan to recruit 774,000 Nigerians for Special Public Works across the country.

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This decision from both chambers of the National Assembly followed a sharp disagreement between the National Assembly Joint Committee on Labour, Employee and Productivity and the Minister for State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo SAN over the modalities for appointing the 20-member Selection Committee for the programme.

Keyamo was present, having an interactive session which was organized by the joint committee opposed a resolution of the Joint Committee to resolve into a closed door session.

The Minister made it known that he resisted the lawmakers decision to keep him behind closed doors because of the need to ensure transparency and accountability.

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But, the Senate on Wednesday organized an executive session which was to discuss the fiasco between the Minister and the lawmakers.

The Nation gathered that the closed session lasted for about two hours, furthermore the lawmakers expressed surprise at the behavour of Keyamo and his insurance that the National Assembly cannot direct him on what to do concerning the recruitment.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru and his House of Representatives counterpart, Hon. Benjamin Kalu in a statement insisted that the implementation of the programme must be put on hold until its modalities are explained to the National Assembly.

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