Minister of of State for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, minister was in a fix with National Assembly Legislators on Tuesday over the 774,000 jobs recently approved by the federal government across the Federation.
Keyamo was said to have veered off the tangent when he appeared before a joint Committee of the Senate and House of representatives on labour alongside Nasiru Ladan, NDE Director-general.
The NDE DG was asked to speak on the criteria used in appointing a 20-member Committee for the implementation of the programme. and Ladan said he only knew eight members of the Committee.
The lawmakers then turned to Keyamo who lost his temper and asked a series of questions, suggesting that he had taken over the programme from the NDE.
At this point, the tension in the room escalated and the proceedings became rowdy with Keyamo and some lawmakers shouting on the top of their voices.
The lawmakers then opted for a closed-session but Keyamo disagreed.
While shouting, Keyamo said: “How can you expose corruption without the cameras? How can, how can you expose it? I must respond to what he said. You cannot say something and I won’t respond. It is wrong”.
Then some of the lawmakers responding altogether in chorus, said: “Go go, get out. Where is the sergeant-at-arms to walk him?”
He was subsequently ordered out of the hearing room.
Addressing journalists outside the hearing room, Keyamo alleged that the lawmakers were trying to take charge of the recruitment exercise which his ministry supervises.
But on Monday while inaugurating the committee, the minister said some politicians are trying to blackmail him over the recruitment.
The minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed had in April announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had given approval for the employment of 774,000 Nigerians.
Those recruited would be engaged in a special works programme domiciled in the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).