Reps disagrees with Keyamo directs non release of funds to him for 774,000 works

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has been asked by the House of Representatives to suspend the ongoing 774,000 special works programme.

The House further mandated the Minister to revert to the list of beneficiaries generated by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE.

Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, was also directed not to release funds to the Ministry of Labour and Productivity until the conditions are met.

Muhammadu Buhari, the President was also urged to reinstate the sacked Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu.

These resolutions followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Olajide Olatunbosun on the 774,000 special works programme.

Olatunbosun in his motion accused Mr. Keyamo of circumventing due process in the allocation of slots for the special work.

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He stated that “Nigerians who submitted their names at the NDE offices have been unjustly excluded from the programme,” adding that “to allow the programme will set a bad precedent for the country.

Luke Onofiok, while speaking on the motion, said the decision to sack Mr. Arugugu was ill-advised. He noted that the President was not given proper counsel.

This is not the first time the House will be intervening in the special works programme. In July, Keyamo and the National Assembly had a series of back and forth on the programme.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila while ruling on the motion, referred the motion to the Committee on Labour and Productivity for legislative compliance.

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