By Ayo Kehinde
President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan
President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan on Monday resolved that the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, should drive the recruitment of 774, 000 Nigerians in the 774 Local Governments into the federal government programme.
The programme became clouded in controversy following clash that degenerated to name calling between Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo and the joint committees of the National Assembly, NASS, during a hearing on the government’s special intervention programme, last week
Visibly angered by the development, Lawan who emphasized his decision by restating that only President Buhari may override the NASS, said in a veiled reference to clash between Keyamo and the Committee, that, “Only one person, One person can override the NASS and that person is the president. So if an employee out of several workers works in a way that does not promote harmony and make uncharitable remarks that the National Assembly cannot say how the programme will be implemented, let it be known that the NDE is backed by NASS to do the job.”
He said the employment agency has the capacity to do the programme.
He said the joint committee of the NASS was exercising its oversight function by demanding to know the procedure under which the programme would be driven.
Keyamo was walked out of the Committee hearing when the inquiry degenerated into a shouting match with the lawmakers, and thereafter directed the state committees to continue with the recruitment, stating that the lawmakers had no constitutional right to stop what he called a programme of the president.