NASS Suspends Public Works Programme, Summons Minister For Labour

 

Implementation of the 774,000 Public Works to be put on hold until
implementation modalities explained to NASS.

The National Assembly says it is concerned about the proper and effective implementation of the engagement of 774,000 Public Works Workers and wishes to restate its commitment to its success.

In line with its constitutional oversight function, the National Assembly says it has mandated its Committees on Labour and Productivity to immediately invite the Hon. Minister for Labour and Productivity and any other relevant officials of the Ministry to appear before the joint committee to brief it on the modality for the implementation of the engagement of 774,000 persons for public works.

According to a statement signed by spokesmen of the Senate and House of Reps, Senator (Dr.) Ajibola Basiru and Hon. Benjamin O. Kalu; NASS noted that the Legislature being important stakeholders in the democratic process, and elected representatives of the people, needed to be appraised of modalities for implementation for effective feedback to the constituents and in ensuring that the constituents optimally participate in and benefit from the process.

The National Assembly further noted that in view of the foregoing, the implementation of the programme shall be on hold pending proper briefing of the NASS by the Minister of Labour and Productivity.

“The National Assembly will ensure transparency of the process just as done with the National Social Register by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

“Accordingly, the National Assembly reminds members of the public that the Legislature was part of the conception of the programme, approved it and appropriated funds for its implementation as part of the COVID 19 response strategy,” the communique read in part.

Buhari’s Vacation: Ploy To Attack NASS, Impeach Saraki – PDP

File Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s 10-day vacation is a plot to attack the National Assembly and impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The party said that it is aware of the ploy already perfected in a meeting, on Wednesday night, between the Presidency and some All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, who are now in the minority, to forcefully reconvene the Senate with protection from security agencies, with a view to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

In a statement by the spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, “The PDP knows that the desperation to illegally take control of the National Assembly is part of the design to undermine our democratic institutions and completely foist a dictatorial regime on our nation.

“The planned invasion is also a bid to cover the atrocious and humongous corruption of the Buhari administration, which the National Assembly is set to expose.

“The PDP has been reliably informed about how these APC senators, especially members of the Buhari Parliamentary Support Group (BPSG), have been provided with huge sums of money, illegally lifted from repatriated funds, to carry out this nefarious act under the guise of urgent need to approve funds for the 2019 general elections.

“It is clear that President Buhari and the APC are hugely terrified and distressed by the gale of defections from their fold and have resorted to underhand methods, threats and intimidation, irrespective of the damage being inflicting on the polity”, he added.

Mr Ologbondiyan linked the attempted impeachment of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, to the Federal Government and the siege laid on the Senate President’s house and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

He said, “This is the same leader who, in 2014, applauded the defection of PDP members, including the leaders of the National Assembly, into his APC, describing the movement, then, as “good for democracy”.

“Today, his administration is hounding and harassing citizens for daring to defect from his failed party.

“Besides, Nigerians will recall that the PDP had earlier alerted of plots by President Buhari to enmesh the 2019 general election in controversy by asking for virement of funds already approved in the 2018 budget for development projects instead of sending a fresh supplementary budget for the election.

“If the Presidency means well for Nigeria, it should have sent a supplementary budget and duly write the leadership of the National Assembly instead of plotting to forcefully take over the federal legislature and push our nation into serious constitutional crisis.

“Despite their planned alibi, the PDP states that President Buhari must be held responsible for any abuse of power, disregard for rule of law and assault on democratic institutions, even in his absence from the country”, he further added.

The party spokesman disclosed that the PDP is now the majority in the Senate and “ready and able to protect our democracy with all instruments available in the constitution and parliamentary rulebooks”.

R. Kelly makes Soul Train Awards’ history as most nominated artist

R. Kelly is nominated for two awards at this year’s Soul Train Awards, making him the most nominated act ever at the awards show.

R. Kelly is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter’s award and album of the year, bringing his career total to 21 nominations.

Usher leads this year’s awards with five nominations. Estelle, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also multiple nominees.

Whitney Houston is nominated for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse is nominated for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award.

The Soul Train Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, will be taped 8 November at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air on 25 November on BET and Centric.