774,000 jobs: Minister, lawmakers clash at National assembly over recruitment of new Workers

By  Tunde Olorungbotemi

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo was on Tuesday ordered out of a joint committee meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives.

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).

The employment will be for three months, from October till December.

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.

However, a heated argument erupted between committee members and Keyamo over who should head the programme which was to be domiciled under the NDE.

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