In what seems unprecedented at the National Assembly, Tuesday, the Senate Committee and its House of Representatives counterpart on Labour and Employment and Productivity engaged in a ‘tug of war’ of words with the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo over innovative public works job creation programme meant to create 774,000 unskilled jobs.
The whole sitting rigmarole into a rowdy session when the Minister was accused of lopsidedness in the process of recruitment of the 774,000 persons across the country’s 774 local government areas.
The lawmakers accused Keyamo of failure to carry them along, especially when the minister insisted that all camera men should not be excused from the sitting before he proceeds to provide responses to their inquiry.
After Keyamo was accused of lopsidedness in the process of the recruitment, the lawmakers called for a closed-door session.
However, the Minister insisted he was invited for a public hearing and not closed-door meeting, adding that he will not say anything unless there is media presence.
Keyamo, while briefing the newsmen after he was walked out of the Committee Room, accused the lawmakers of planning to hijack the process of recruitment.
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According to him: “They started mounting pressure on me to bring those that will be recruited from state to state. They want me to tell them how the programme will be done from state to state.”
“The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Keyamo also alleged that the committee wants 15 per cent of the recruitment slot.
“I said you can’t direct me how to do that because that is taking over the power of President Muhammadu Buhari. You can’t accuse me of lopsidedness issue publicly and close the door.”
“I did not insult them. I only insisted that we should do it publicly. They want to direct me on how to do it. They can’t direct me.”