774,000 jobs: PDP lawmakers reject project, say it's attempt to mismanage resource

774,000 jobs: PDP lawmakers reject project, say it's attempt to mismanage resource

- The coast is not yet clear over the planned 774,000 jobs scheme by the federal government

- PDP lawmakers in the House of Reps have distanced themselves from the project

- A statement by the caucus described the scheme as an attempt to mismanage "Nigeria's scarce resources"

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The planned 774,000 jobs for Nigerians project is still generating disquiet as House of Representatives members who belong to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the scheme, saying it is politically motivated.

In a statement on Monday, August 24, the PDP lawmakers caucus led by Kingsley Chinda said the planned projects under the supervision of the Ministry of Labour and Employment is an avenue to siphon the public funds.

Chinda said the project is being carried out under the guise of job creation to carpet over N52 billion of Nigeria's scarce resources within the period of three months.

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774,000 jobs: PDP rejects project, says it's attempt to mismanage resource
PDP lawmakers in the House of Reps have disassociated themselves from the project. Credit: Channels TV.
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The lawmakers also argued that the jobs are unsustainable and cannot tackle the reality of unemployment in the country.

"The caucus considers this correspondence – a condemnable attempt to bribe and hoodwink the institution of the National Assembly into complicity in the misapplication of Nigeria’s scarce resources for the implementation of a questionable, misguided, absurd and arguably unlawful scheme that alarmingly intends to expend N52 Billion under the guise of “creating employment” for only three months.

“This regrettably is the most unsustainable employment scheme implemented by any government,” part of the statement read.

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Legit.ng recalls that earlier, the PDP caucus rejected 30 slots per local government to each member, saying it is unfair and unjustifiable.

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.

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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.

Meanwhile, the 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.

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