- The Senate is currently in an emergency session
- This is coming just days after President Muhammadu Buhari gave a go-ahead on the recruitment of 774,000 persons
- There were reports that President Buhari has directed the minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo, to proceed with the exercise, against the wishes of members of NASS
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Following the resolve of the Ministry of Labour to go ahead with the employment of the 774,000 workers throughout Nigeria, the Senate has convened an emergency meeting.
The plenary, summoned by the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, immediately went into a closed-door session upon resumption on Wednesday, July 15.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Senator Ifeanyi Ubah had described the hot exchange of words between Keyamo with lawmakers at the National Assembly on Tuesday, June 30 as a display of rascality by the minister.
The senator who addressed journalists on Wednesday, July 1 on the issue, said “such rascality should not be condoned.”
Videos from the encounter went viral on social media as the lawmakers and Keyamo had a shouting match over the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians.
The job creation exercise was for the federal government's public works programme under the National Directorate of Employment.
The joint committee of the National Assembly on labour had invited Keyamo to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.
Senator Ubah, who represents Anambra South senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, condemned the action of the minister, saying “the duty of the legislature is to checkmate the executive in a democratic government.”
He said “appointees of the president should understand that the Senate has oversight function over their ministry,” adding “Keyamo is not even a substantive minister.”
The issue became a trending topic on social media as the video amassed shares. Hillary Dandy wrote on Twitter: "I stand with Festus Keyamo. Enough is enough. This is exactly how they have been hijacking employments.
"Police, Army, custom, Navy, Even Npower. Most greedy set of people I have ever seen."
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