- The minister of state, labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has threatened to resign his appointment if politicians hijack job slots
- Keyamo said government employment programmes are for ordinary Nigerians and should not be hijacked by politicians
- The minister noted that the ministry to labour would not bow to the pressure of any politician to hijack FG's employment programmes
The minister of state, labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has threatened to resign his appointment if politicians hijack job slots approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for unskilled rural persons.
Keyamo made the threat when speaking at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial committee on extended special public works across the 774 local governments of the federation, Premium Times reports.
The minister stated that the programme was designed to provide job opportunity in rural areas through short term engagement of one thousand (1000) unemployed persons per local government for a period of three months.
He said the jobs were for ordinary Nigerians and should not be hijacked by politicians.
Keyamo noted that he would quit his position if politicians hijack the recruitment process.
“I will leave this job, if they want to insist that it will happen. Mr President is targeting ordinary Nigerians who are neither PDP or APC or just anything. They just want to get jobs, they just want to feed their family,” the minister said.
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He said the ministry to labour would not bow to the pressure of any politician to come and hijack this programme.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the federal government on Wednesday, April 29 inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee on extended special public works across the 774 local government areas of the federation to employ 774,000 Nigerians for a period of 3 months.
The committee inaugurated by the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo is expected to work out strategies for the implementation of the programme.
Legit.ng gathered that the programme is designed to employ 1,000 mostly unskilled persons in each of the country’s 774 local government areas.
Speaking at the event, Keyamo said President Muhammadu Buhari had in October 2019 approved a pilot special public works programme, for implementation by the National Directorate for Employment (NDE) in five local government areas each of eight pilot states.
He added that the programme, a federal government job creation drive, was designed to “mitigate lack of job opportunity in the rural area,” with a payment of N20,000 monthly allowance to the beneficiaries.
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