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.

Ngige Visits Calabar Garment Factory, Expresses Satisfaction

NgigeNigerian Governors have been asked to replicate the style and zeal of the Cross River State Government by creating employment opportunities for its unemployed citizens.

The Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige made the call while in Calabar the State Capital, for an official engagement which saw him to the governor’s office, flagging off of the School -To-Work Scheme of the NDE as well as an inspection of the garment factory.

The Labour boss was amazed at the size and sophistication of the Calabar Garment Factory which is estimated to employ about 3,000 people.

The garment factory is situated along the Goodluck Jonathan bye-pass in Calabar Metropolis with the aim of boosting direct and indirect channels for diversification of the economy which is said to be the biggest in Africa.

The factory is expected be fully automated and will employ about 3’000 people, with 80 per cent of them being women.

The Labour boss commended on the Governor’s economic wizardry on his efforts, he said his ministry would partner the state government on the garment factory and also see that the factory was used as an apprenticeship centre for skills trainees.

Gov. Ayade further disclosed that, upon completion of the project, it will have a multiplier effect and impact tremendously on the state and citizenry.

Abia Governor, Ngige Commission Osieke ICT Centre

Abia Governor, Ngige Commission ICT CentreAbia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has commissioned an Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre in the state.

This comes as part of the government’s effort to reduce unemployment and create wealth through skill education in Abia State, south-east Nigeria.

The Osieke ICT skills acquisition centre was built by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), with an aim to drive economic activity in the state, empower the youth and make them self-reliant.

At the commissioning of the ICT complex, Governor Ikpeazu said that his government would provide the graduates of the centre with a monthly stipend of 20,000 Naira each throughout their training, as well as empower them with some money to establish their own businesses.

While lauding the Federal Government’s cooperation, he disclosed that the State government had initiated the Education for Employment programme designed to train youths in trades and technical vocations.

The Director General of the NDE, Abubakar Mohammed, acknowledged the supportive role of Abia State government in tackling unemployment.

On his part, the minister said: “This is one among the Federal Government’s ways of curbing social vices by creating befitting jobs for youths in Nigeria.

The minister urged the participants to diligently apply themselves to their training and make maximum use of the opportunity offered them.

The Centre which has all the necessary facilities in computer and phone repairs among others would be training about 125 beneficiaries in the first phase.