774,000 jobs: NASS, Keyamo disagrees, blow hot

A verbal war Tuesday erupted between the National Assembly and the Executive over the 774,000 jobs planned to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians, particularly the vulnerable.

At a public hearing in Abuja, the two arms of government threw tantrums at each other with accusation and counter accusation by the concerned parties.

While the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr. Festus Keyamo accused the lawmakers of wanting to own the process, the lawmakers in turn alleged that the minister was trying to use the scheme to build political structures across the 774 local government areas at 1,000 per local government.

The scenarios played out at the public hearing organised by the National Assembly’s joint committee on labour on modalities for recruitment of the 774, 000 Nigerians into the special public works in the rural areas.

The hot verbal war which lasted about 30 minutes, culminated in the committee members walking the minister out at the interactive session for refusing to tender an apology as demanded.

And after storming out of the session, the minister accused the lawmakers of trying to hijack the programme.

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