774,000 Jobs: Labour Minister, Ngige Apologises To National Assembly

The Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has apologised to the National Assembly over the recent face-off between the Minister of State For Labour, Festus Keyamo and the joint Senate and House Committees on Labour, Productivity and Employment.

The Minister tendered an apology on Tuesday when he led a delegation from the Ministry on a visit to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, at the National Assembly, Abuja.

“We deeply regret the incident that happened, the altercation that followed it, between my Minister of State and members of the Joint Committee,” Ngige was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the spokesman to the Senate President, Ezrel Tabiowo.

The Minister noted that his visit was to give the lawmakers the necessary information needed to fast-track the Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government.

Ngige also called for a good working relationship between the legislative and executive arms of government on the programme which he said was designed from the office of the President before the COVID-19.

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“Having visited your domain to the Joint Committee on Labour, Productivity and Employment over some issues of the Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government, a programme that was designed by the Executive with the legislature, if the Executive makes a proposal and it is not funded, then that proposal will be dead on the table.

“Therefore, we decided that as a team, we would come with full force and give the necessary information that we need so that we can fast track this Programme which was designed from the office of the President before the COVID-19.

“We must work together without acrimony or even drawing a very rigid line of who has this power and who doesn’t. That is the only way the programmes of government can be made sustainable and executed for the benefit of our people.

“In the Seventh Senate, the National Assembly didn’t have a rancorous relationship with the Executive of Ebele Jonathan, even though some of us were in the opposition parties,” he said.

774,000 Jobs: Lawmakers Not Empowered To Give Directives To Executive, Says Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo


The Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo, has taken a swipe at the members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour over a fracas that ensued on Tuesday.

In a statement he personally signed shortly after the disagreement, Keyamo insisted that the lawmakers were not empowered by the nation’s Constitution to dictate to the executive arm of government.

“I regret to say that their powers under section 88 of the 1999 Constitution is only limited to investigations, but NOT TO GIVE ANY DIRECTIVE TO THE EXECUTIVE.

“A Committee or Committees of both Houses do not even have powers to pass binding Resolutions.  They can only make recommendations to Plenary. In this case, even Plenary CANNOT give DIRECTIVES to the Executive,” he said.

Reacting to the purported suspension of the 774,000 jobs to be issued to Nigerians by the Federal Government, Keyamo knocked the lawmakers.

According to him, the misunderstanding arose when the lawmakers questioned why he did not privately submit the special public works programme to them for vetting.

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The Minister described it as tantamount to challenging the powers of the president.

“They suggested that they ought to have an in-put on how the programme should be im-plemented.  In other words, they sought to control the programme as to who gets what, where and how.

“After I left, I understand that the Joint Committees purportedly suspended the work of the Selection Committees nationwide until they decide how the programme should be run and who should be in those Committees. My opinion is that it is tantamount to challenging the powers of Mr. President,” he said.

The lawmakers had invited Keyamo to give details of the Special Public Works Programme where 774,000 people would be recruited by the Federal Government under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour sought to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.

FG Expects Focus Labs To Create Over 500,000 Jobs By 2020


President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to create more than 500,000 jobs by 2020, through the help of focus labs which will reduce the rate of unemployment affecting the country.

Recently the Federal Government conducted focus labs in key areas of the economy which are agriculture, transport, manufacturing and processing, power and gas.

The President during his democracy broadcast on Tuesday stated that these sectors have yielded significant prospects for investments and job creation to the tune of $22.5bn with a potential for creating “more than 500,000 jobs by 2020”.

He said that These investment generation initiatives are expected to increase capital inflows in the form of foreign direct investment with a high prospect that the cumulative investments from this first phase of the Labs will hit US$39.2 billion by 2025.

The Buhari-led administration created the N-Power Job creation Scheme which is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates.

The President said that so far about 200,000 youths have been recruited while the next batch of 300,000 has been selected, verified and would soon be deployed across the 36 States and the FCT.

Furthermore, 20,000 non-graduate volunteers have also been selected to kick off the N-Build programme in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria.

The President noted that his administration has recorded giant strides in the past three years in improving the welfare of Nigerian youths and will continue to do more for the country as a whole.




Buhari Announces Presidential Initiative To Create 10,000 Jobs In Each State

The President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed the next steps to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

In his Independence speech, he stated that a new presidential initiative will be starting, with each state to create a minimum of 10,000 jobs for unemployed youths across the nation.

The President noted that this will be achieved through the help of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) development finance initiatives.

He commended the success of the Federal Government’s Agricultural Anchor Borrows Programme which was launched in 2015.

Listing the accomplishments, he said, N43.92 billion was released through the CBN and 13 participating institutions, 200,000 smallholder farmers from 29 states of the federation are benefitting, 233,000 hectares of farmland are cultivating eight commodities, namely Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton, soya-beans, Poultry, Cassava, and Groundnuts, in addition to fish farming.

According to Buhari, these initiatives have been undertaken in close collaboration with the states.

He commended the efforts of the Governors of Kebbi, Lagos, Ebonyi and Jigawa States for their support to the rice and fertilizer revolutions.

“Equally commendable are contributions of the Governors of Ondo, Edo, Delta, Imo, Cross River, Benue, Ogun, Kaduna and Plateau States for their support for the Presidential initiative for palm oil, rubber, cashew, cassava, potatoes and other crops”.

He added that the government’s current N500 billion Special Intervention Programme is targeting groups through; Home Grown School Feeding Programme, N-Power Job creation to provide loans to small-scale traders and artisans, Conditional Cash Transfer, Family Homes Fund and Social Housing Scheme.