- The 774,000 jobs initiative approved by President Muhammadu Buhari has been put on hold
- The scheme was suspended on Tuesday, December 15, by the House of Representatives
- Lawmakers also called for the reinstatement of Mohammed Argungu, the DG of the NDE
Days after President Muhammadu Buhari failed to appear before the House of Representatives to address lawmakers on issues bordering on insecurity, the nation's lower legislative body has suspended the 774,000 jobs scheme.
The initiative which was coordinated by the ministry of labour and employment had been given the president's official go-ahead response, PM News reports.
However, during its plenary on Tuesday, December 15, lawmakers agreed that the scheme be immediately put on hold.
The house informed the ministry of finance, budget, and national planning not to fund the scheme initially slated to begin by January 2021.
Moreover, they called on the president to reinstate Mohammed Argungu, the director-general of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
The House called on President Buhari to return Argungu to his office, having adopted a motion sponsored by Olajide Olatubonsun.
Meanwhile, the federal government had announced that it would finally commence the implementation of the special job initiative which was designed to employ 774,000 Nigerians on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
The minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, made this known on Sunday, December 13.
Legit.ng noted that the 774, 000 Special Public Works (SPW) programme is designed for artisans to do public works for three months and get paid N20,000 per month.
The programme suffered setbacks in commencement date because of the internal wrangling between the minister and former director-general of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasir Ladan.
Before this, President Buhari had sacked Argungu. He was relieved of his post in a memo issued last week Friday, December 4, taking effect from Monday, December 7.
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