The Senate has suspended the Special Public Works programme under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) expected to create 774,000 jobs for Nigerians.
This was disclosed by Senator Ajibola Basiru, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
The suspension comes a day after the senators clashed with Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, over the modalities and the N52 billion budgeted for the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians.
The programme, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to employ 774, 000 youths for three months and they would be engaged in unskilled jobs such as sweeping streets, clearing drainages, controlling traffic and road construction among others.
A total of 1, 000 Nigerians would, according to the scheme, earn N20,000 each on a monthly basis for three months beginning from October and are expected to be recruited in each of the 774 local government areas of the country.
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But Senator Basiru announced that the recruitment has been put on hold following the discrepancies between Keyamo and the NDE, as well as the lack of proper explanation of the process.
He said: “In view of the foregoing, the implementation of the programme shall be on hold pending proper briefing of the National Assembly by the Minister of Labour and Productivity.”
The federal lawmakers had on Tuesday walked out Keyamo following his refusal to apologise after they accused him of dictating to them the proceedings of the hearing.