- NASS has firmly stated that no federal ministry will handle the 774,000 jobs scheme
- The federal lawmakers said only the NDE can implement the process as stipulated by the law
- Both Senate and House of Reps have also warned the Ministry of Finance against releasing funds for the 774,000 jobs scheme
The 774,000 jobs scheme by the federal government is still generating ripples of controversy between the National Assembly and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Following Festus Keyamo's recent face-off with the federal lawmakers, members of the ninth NASS still hold on to their ground that the junior labour and employment minister should excuse himself from the public job scheme.
Speaking through the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, NASS said National Directorate of Employment (NDE) should be the one implementing the 774,000 job process.
Lawan, who presided over a plenary on Tuesday, July 21, said while NDE conducts the job process, the ministry has a supervisory role and the National Assembly has the oversight function.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance has been told not to release funds for the special jobs should the labour and employment ministry breach the process.
The resolution was made during plenary on Tuesday following a motion by Toby Okechukwu and Nnolim Nnaji, the deputy minority leader and chairman, House committee on aviation.
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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.
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, noting that he would quit his position if politicians hijack the recruitment process.
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