Reps Wants 774,000 SWP Suspended

Joseph Bakare

The House of Reps on Tuesday, December 15, demanded the suspension of the 774,000 Special Works Programme of the federal government.

Also, the Reps directed the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo to suspend the ongoing process; and revert to the list of beneficiaries generated by the National Directorate of Employment.

The House, therefore, mandated the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed not to release funds to the Ministry of Labour and Productivity until the conditions are met.

President Muhammadu Buhari was also urged to reinstated the sacked Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu.

These resolutions followed a motion of urgent public importance; moved by Olajide Olatunbosunfrom Oyo State during plenary.

Olatunbosun in his motion accused Keyamo of circumventing due process; in the allocation of slots for the special work.

He said that “Nigerians who submitted their names at the NDE offices have been unjustly excluded from the programme.” Adding that “to allow the programme will set a bad precedent for the country.”

Speaking on the motion, Luke Onofiok said the decision to sack Argungu was ill-advised. He noted that the President was not given proper counsel.

This is not the first time the Reps will be intervening in the special works programme. In July, Keyamo and the National Assembly had a series of back and forth on the programme.

The Committee on Labour and Productivity has been mandated to ensure compliance.

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