FG kicks off 774,000 jobs programme suspended by n’assembly

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The federal government has kicked off the special public works programme suspended by the national assembly.

The government announced the take-off via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The programme, which is coordinated by the ministry of labour and employment, was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as a part of the fiscal stimulus measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 local government areas will be engaged in the programme coordinated by constituted state committees.

“The State Selection Committees have been inaugurated and have commenced work,” the federal government said via its Twitter handle.

President Buhari had directed Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, to commence the programme amid an ongoing misunderstanding with the national assembly.

Keyamo had come in collision with the national assembly over the legislature’s insistence on dictating the process of the programme.

The national assembly suspended the programme in the heat of its face-off with the minister, demanding further explanations.

At a meeting in June, members of the committee were near fisticuffs with the minister who was walked out of the event.

But Keyamo accused the committee of seeking to hijack the programme and to appropriate some job slots to themselves.

He also accused the national assembly committee of challenging the president by its action.

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