774,000 Jobs: Drama between Keyamo and NASS enters new ‘season’

The drama that comes with politics is one thing that many Twitter users live for, judging by the reactions on the microblogging site as the matters arise.

In recent days, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo has been in the news, after the drama that ensued between him and members of the National Assembly Joint Committee of the National Assembly on Labour over the Special Public Works Programme aimed at employing 774,000 citizens, with a thousand selected from each of the 774 local government areas in the country.

According to news reports, Labour Minister, Chris Ngige apologised to members of the National Assembly over Keyamo’s action in the disagreements of last week, after which the Senate President ordered him to hands off the project and declared all his actions on the project, null and void.

Keyamo, while speaking with journalists declared that the programme cannot be implemented without his approval according to the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Act and stressed that only the President can ask him to halt his involvement on the project. This reaction is another subject of discussion arose on Nigeria Twitter, Wednesday.

Many have opined that Keyamo’s fall out with the lawmakers only goes further to explain that he was only trying to be transparent on the project assigned to him for supervision and that there was no need for the apology. They went on to applaud his resilience and bravery.

However, there were a few others who were against the Minister’s actions as they stressed that members of the National Assembly has the ultimate power to halt whatever project they wanted. Some of them described his approach in challenging the lawmakers as disrespectful and rude.

Others noted that the disagreement between the National Assembly members and Keyamo is all political as each one has a political interest in the 774,000 jobs, leading to the entire drama.



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