Despite the objections by the Nigerian Senate, President Muhammadu Buhari has told the minister of state for Labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, to proceed with the planned 774, 000 recruitments.
President Buhari has Festus Keyamo to proceed with the 774,000 recruitments. Keyamo told The Nation newspaper on Tuesday, July 14, that the president gave him the directive to go ahead with the recruitments.
“I have the instructions of my boss, Mr. President, to proceed unhindered,” was quoted as saying Keyamo said in a text.
Another newspaper, The Cable, citing senior presidential sources, also confirmed the president’s directive on the programme. Legit.ng recalls that Keyamo had a disagreement with the lawmakers over the implementation of the programme. The minister accused the lawmakers of trying to hijack the recruitment process for the 774, 000 jobs.
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But the legislators argued that the minister did not seek their inputs before putting together members of the 20-man states selection committees inaugurated in June.
The Senators also said recruitment should be done by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), the implementing agency of the project.
Meanwhile, Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, July 6, lambasted the minister over his stance on the employment, saying that Keyamo is too small to cause friction between the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was athered that Lawan said Keyamo is quite insignificant in the executive to cause any quagmire, adding that President Buhari is on the same page with the Senate on various development-driven national projects.
Lawan who was responding to a question in Abuja during an interactive session with journalists said that the N52billion appropriated project, must be implemented by the National Directorate of Employment ( NDE), as contained in the N10.8trillion revised 2020 budget.
He said the NDE would be fully in charge of the exercise designed to recruit 774,000 youths across Nigeria as part of the federal government COVID-19 palliative measure.