774,000 jobs: NASS halts recruitment exercise

774,000 jobs: NASS halts recruitment exercise


The National Assembly has halted the recruitment of 774,000 persons into the Special Public Works programme under the National Directorate of Employment to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.


The spokesperson for the Senate, Ajibola Basiru, announced the suspension of the programme at a Press Conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said the National Assembly has summoned the Minister in charge of the Ministry to appear before the federal legislature, to explain the recruitment modalities.

The President Muhammadu Buhari, had approved the engagement of 774, 000 Nigerians under the scheme.

By the arrangement, 1, 000 Nigerians who would earn N20,000 each on a monthly basis for three months are expected to be recruited in each of the 774 local government areas, of the Country.

The programme was expected to take off in October this year.

But the nation’s parliament on Wednesday said the programme has been suspended following the disagreement between it and the Minister of State for Employment, Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, on Tuesday.

According to the spokesman, “In view of the foregoing, the implementation of the programme shall be on hold pending proper briefing of the National Assembly by the Minister of Labour and Productivity”.

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