- The coast is not yet clear over the planned 774,000 jobs for Nigerians
- The allocation of the slots for the jobs has created a furore and controversy
- Some federal legislators have rejected 30 slots per lawmaker, saying it is unfair and unacceptable
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The planned 774,000 jobs for Nigerians project is still generating disquiet as National Assembly members who belong to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected 30 slots per local government to each member.
In a statement by the caucus on Monday, August 17, through the House minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, the members said the 30 slots per member is unfair and unacceptable.
Elumelu said the slots allocated do not represent the wish of people and further demanded that the criteria for the allocation of the slots should be reviewed and transparent.
The lawmaker also claimed that members of the House of Representatives are closer to the people than any other arms of government, wondering the logic behind the allotment.
According to him, the 30 slots out of the 1,000 jobs per local government do not represent the wishes of people.
The lawmaker warned against the politicisation of the 774,000 jobs, saying the programme must benefit Nigerians who truly deserve it.
Abaribe backs Elumelu
Senate minority leader, Senator Enyinanya Abaribe, has thrown his support behind the position of Elumelu, saying there is no transparency in the job.
The senior lawmaker also vowed that NASS members will boycott the process which is not channelled in the right direction.
"We are not participating in any form because of our earlier reservations about the lack of transparency," the senator said.
Festus Keyamo reacts
Reacting to the rejection of the slots by PDP members, minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, said the action of the lawmakers do not matter in as much as their constituents will get the jobs.
“It’s just their normal sense of entitlement that they always had over the years that is worrying them.
“It’s the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives but that is irrelevant because their constituents will still get the jobs. It’s 1,000 per local government.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Keyamo gave directions to committees tasked with selecting candidates for the 774,000 recruitment in the special public works programme.
Keyamo gave the directive when reacting to reports that committees in some states were considering only indigenes for the 774,000 jobs.
The minister stated that residents in any local government area are qualified for employment under the scheme and not just indigenes.
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