774,000 Jobs: Senate mandates NDE to take over recruitment process from Keyamo

The Senate has insisted that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) will carry out the special public works programme which will be supervised by the Ministry of Labour.

The lawmakers also insisted that they will execute its oversight function on the implementation of the public works programme by the NDE in line with the appropriation act, the constitution and other enabling laws.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, in a motion on Tuesday said the resolution was taken by the Senate, sequel to motion through a point of order.

According to the Senate, the amended 2020 Appropriation Act is binding on all government agencies and the appropriation of N52 billion for the public works programme should be implemented accordingly.

Senator Bamidele drew the attention of the Upper Chamber to the claims by the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Kayamo who said the President Muhammadu Buhari had asked him to proceed with the recruitment.

He noted that Keyamo has erred in law by taking over an assignment which was constitutionally assigned to the NDE through the Revised 2020 Appropriation Act.

Minister, lawmakers clash over plan to recruit 774,000

The lawmakers had invited Keyamo to give details of the Special Public Works Programme where 774,000 people would be recruited by the Federal Government under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

During the meeting which was held at the National Assembly in Abuja, members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour sought to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.

N52 billion has been allocated for the Special Public Works Programme in the 2020 budget.

Mr Keyamo accused the lawmakers of wanting to sabotage the recruitment process despite receiving 15 per cent jobs slots.

The NDE, according to the lawmakers, is meant to implement the recruitment under a special works programme.

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