The Minister of State for Labour and Employment on Tuesday exchanged angry words with members of the House of Representatives committee over the innovative public works job creation programme meant to create 774,000 unskilled jobs.

The incident which caused mild drama started in the senate when Keyami was accused of lopsidedness in the process of recruitment of the 774,000 persons across the country’s 774 local government areas.

The lawmakers called for a closed door meeting after they accused Keyamo of failure to carry them along.

But the Minister said he was invited for a public hearing and not closed door meeting, adding that he will not say anything unless there is media presence. He was then walked out of the committee room.

Out of the committee room, the Minister told newsmen that the lawmakers planned to hijack the process of recruitment.

“They started mounting pressure on me to bring those that will be recruited from state to state. They want me to tell them how the programme will be done from state to state.”

“I said you can’t direct me how to do that because that is taking over the power of the President (Muhammadu Buhari). You can’t accuse me of a lopsidedness issue publicly and close the door.”

“I did not insult them. I only insisted that we should do it publicly. They want to direct me on how to do it. They can’t direct me.”


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