Federal Government Snubs Lawmakers, Begin Recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians

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The federal government has snubbed the National Assembly and carried on its plan to recruit 774,000 Nigerians under a special public works programme.

The proposed programme had been a source of contention between some members of the executive as well as the leadership of the National Assembly, as the former accused lawmakers of trying to hijack the process.

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The lawmakers had announced a suspension of the programme after its row with Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) who insisted that the President has appointed his Ministry to oversee the process being carried out by the Nigeria Directorate of Employment (NDE).

On Tuesday however, Festus Keyamo insisted that he had the blessing of President Buhari to continue with the implementation of the programme of recruiting Nigerians.

The commencement of recruitment was thereafter announced by the Federal Government on twitter via its official handle, @NigeriaGov later on Tuesday.

“The State Selection Committees have been inaugurated and have commenced work,” the tweet read.

1,000 Nigerians from each of the recognised 774 local governments are expected to be employed as part of a planned fiscal stimulus measure to cope with the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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