- Cemetry workers in Kaduna have said that they deserve to be included in the 774,000 recruitment scheme
- The workers, led by Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad Bida, a community leader, lamented that they do not receive salaries from the government
- Bida on his part mentioned that the workers are not on the payroll of private organisations in the state
A call has been made to the Kaduna government for the inclusion of cemetery workers in the planned recruitment of 774,000 persons.
The call was made by the ward head of Unguwar Yazufa in Hayin Danmani, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad Bida.
Not less than 23,000 youths and women are expected to emerge as beneficiaries of the 23 local government areas in the state, Daily Trust reports.
Bida decried the fact that cemetery workers do not get salaries from either local government councils or private organisations.
He, therefore, called on the state government to ensure the inclusion of the workers in the special work project and also the N-Power scheme.
The community leader said: “Our members have no salary or allowances from the government yet they work daily at various cemeteries."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Festus Keyamo, Nigeria's minister of state for labour and employment, had cried out, noting that he was being blackmailed and pressurized by some politicians to enable them dictate who gets a slot among the 774,000 jobs.
Keyamo during the inauguration of the selection committee on Monday, June 29, revealed that there have been attempts to blackmail him to see certain political leaders determine who gets allocated a slot.
He explained that he would not sacrifice his reputation by going beyond the 10% to 15% that is allocated to political officers, noting that nobody can dictate to him.
The minister while stressing that the majority of the jobs must be allotted to people who need them, added that it is only the president who appointed him that could make him do otherwise.
He appealed to the committee chairmen not to allow politicians to hijack the programme and warned that anyone caught would be replaced immediately.
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