- Talks on the 774,000 jobs are on top gear at the Senate
- Federal lawmakers were said to have gone into an emergency session
- The said meeting started just after the Senate resumed plenary on Tuesday, July 21
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Members of the upper legislative body in Nigeria are said to be in an emergency meeting over the issue of the planned recruitment of 774,000 persons.
The Senate immediately went into a closed session after it resumed plenary on Tuesday, July 21.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment on Tuesday, July 7, tendered an apology to the National Assembly on behalf of the minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo.
Keyamo was in a faceoff with some senators who constituted a committee overseeing the ministry with special attention on the recruitment of 774,000 persons under the special public works programme initiated by the federal government.
In a meeting with the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, also attended by Keyamo, Ngige admitted that the position canvassed by the minister was not reserved only for him.
On his part, Lawan insisted that all earlier moves made by Keyamo with respect to the scheme are null and void, adding that all the process for the said recruitment must start afresh.
The Senate boss maintained that the NASS would vehemently resist any plot by the ministry to hijack the employment programme which, according to him, must be implemented by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
Also, despite the objections by the Nigerian Senate, President Muhammadu Buhari has told the minister of state for labour and employment to proceed with the planned 774, 000 recruitments.
Keyamo told journalists 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,” Keyamo was quoted as saying in a text.
Senior presidential sources also confirmed the president’s directive on the programme.
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